Planning for Birmingham, AL’s Protective Stadium took a step forward Wednesday, when a city committee approved a conceptual design and site plan.
A major component in the larger improvement project for the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in downtown Birmingham, Protective Stadium is estimated to cost $174 million. The open-air venue has been targeted for a 2021 opening and will be designed to host multiple types of events, including college football for the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Protective Stadium’s site plan and conceptual design received unanimous approval Wednesday from Birmingham’s Design Review Committee. With that approval in place, crews can begin moving dirt at the stadium site once the BJCC Board awards a bid for mass grading. More from AL.com:
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the site in December 2018, but no ground has actually been broken at the site.
Architects for Populous, the firm designing the facility, revealed more details about the perimeter of the stadium. The stadium won’t have permanent security. Instead, during game day, temporary barriers will be used to create a security checkpoint. Mobile metal detectors will also be used instead of permanent ones. This will allow nearby residents to use the plaza areas around the site like a park, officials said.
The design also gives a nod to Legion Field with a digital scoreboard constructed to look similar to the original one at Legion Field.
Naming rights for Protective Stadium were purchased by Birmingham-based insurance company Protective Life, part of a 15-year agreement that was announced in April.
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