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Legacy Arena to Close in April for Renovation Work

Legacy Arena renovation rendering

A major renovation will get underway this spring, as Birmingham’s Legacy Arena is slated for an April closing to allow construction work to begin.

Legacy Arena is set to undergo a $123-million renovation, 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 arena’s renovation is set to begin in the coming months, with the venue slated to close in April for an estimated 18 months in construction.

Ahead of the launch of construction work on the renovation, BJCC officials are anticipating what effect the project should have on Legacy Arena. Since opening in 1976, Legacy Arena has been utilized for a variety of purposes–including concerts minor league hockey, college basketball, and more–and the hope is that the renovations will allow it to be a viable venue for decades to come. More from

“The improvements are so significant, it just couldn’t be done while the building was still open,” said BJCC Executive Director Tad Snider.

Now, the arena built in the 1970’s will see a major transformation.

“Taking that building that opened in 1976 and really taking it now 40 plus years into serving Birmingham and what It can do in the next 30 years or 40 years,” Snider said.

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, Legacy Arena will become the home of a New Orleans Pelicans-backed NBA Gatorade League squad that is currently playing as the Erie BayHawks.

Renderings courtesy Populous.

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