This won’t surprise you, but the city of Birmingham is crazy about sports. We’re also fortunate to have some awesome teams, including Legion FC.
While UAB covers the collegiate ranks, the Barons satisfy your baseball needs and the Bulls have brought hockey back to the Magic City. But did you know Birmingham is also entering its second season of soccer?
That’s right, Birmingham was introduced to Legion FC in 2019 – and their first season was quite a year.
We could give you countless reasons to go to a game, but we’ll restrict it to a handful. Here are five reasons to make a trip to BBVA Field in 2020!
1. Legion FC games are fun
Legion FC games have it all. There’s an intensity for the soccer-crazy fans but at the same time a casual setting for anyone who tagged along with friends. One great thing about soccer is the clock is constantly moving, so you won’t need to worry about TV timeouts or games lasting nearly four hours.
The season also spans from March until late October, so you’ll have plenty of chances to go. An added bonus is Legion FC opens the 2020 season with a friendly against 2018 MLS champion Atlanta United.
2. And the Boys in Black are pretty good, too!
The 2019 season wasn’t always pretty, but it’s not about how you start as much as how you finish.
It took three weeks for Legion FC to pick up their first win, but once the new club worked through the understandable hardships of being a brand new team it was off to the races.
The peak of the 2019 season came from July 13 through September 13 when the Boys in Black didn’t lose a game. That stretch played a major role in earning Birmingham a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Now having a year under their belts, it’ll be fun to watch Birmingham in 2020.
3. It might sound crazy, but Birmingham is a soccer town
The numbers speak for themselves.
Legion FC finished 13th in the 36-team league in average attendance its first year. Birmingham averaged 4,526 fans per home game despite experiencing a few hiccups early in the season. Legion FC played 16 times at home and averaged nearly four times more fans than USL Champion Real Monarchs SLC!
BBVA Field holds 5,000 seats, but Legion FC games are known to sell out on a nice night. No crowd in 2019 was bigger than for the inaugural game, which boasted an attendance of 5,807.
4. There’s not a bad seat at BBVA Field
The great thing about a 5,000-seat stadium is you’re always close to the action. BBVA Field has seating on all four sides of the field and also literally on the grass.
There’s no better spot than field seating, which, as the name explains, has fans seated on the field. BBVA Field also features box seating on the west side of the stadium, general admission (and supporters’ seating) on the University Blvd. side of the stadium and grandstand seating opposite. BBVA Field also features the Good People Deck where discounted beer is offered.
The team hasn’t released single-game tickets yet for 2020, but you can learn more about buying season tickets here.
It’s also worth noting the skyline. Photos don’t give the view justice. You’ll have to go to BBVA Field to get the full experience.
5. Give a new sport a shot
That’s a pun! Do you get it?
If you’re not interested in soccer and none of the above reasons have convinced you to a game then consider this: Go to a Legion FC game because it’s different. You can support Birmingham’s team while learning about a new sports. That’s a win-win.
Tickets are affordable, it’s easy to get in and get out, with BBVA Field located right off I-65, and games are simply fun. It’s a great way to enjoy a gorgeous day.
There really is something for everyone.
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