Upcoming Legacy Arena renovations moved forward Wednesday, when the Birmingham Design Review Committee approved designs for the project.
Legacy Arena is set to undergo a $123-million renovation in the coming years, part of a larger Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) improvement plan that also includes a new outdoor stadium for college football and other events. The project took a step forward Wednesday with approval of the proposed designs and external materials by the committee, a decision that allows BJCC officials to begin preparing a construction package that will be put out to bid early in the new year.
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“We are please to have approval from the Design Review Committee on the conceptual designs and materials for Legacy Arena’s renovation,” said Tad Snider, executive director and CEO of the BJCC Authority. “We are excited to move into the next phase of the project.”
The designs will be presented to the BJCC board of directors for approval at their Dec. 18 board meeting.
Kansas City, MO-based Populous is serving as the lead architect on the Legacy Arena renovation project, and is also leading design work on Protective Stadium–the outdoor stadium that is being constructed as part of the larger BJCC improvement plan. Once the renovation is complete, the arena will become the home of a New Orleans Pelicans-backed NBA Gatorade League squad that is currently playing as the Erie BayHawks. Legacy Arena originally opened in 1976 and has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, including concerts, minor league hockey, college basketball, and more.
Renderings courtesy Populous.