Bartow Arena

Legion Field

The UAB football team played its first-ever home game at Legion Field on in 1991, and the stadium has served as the Blazers' home field as the program has grown from its beginnings at the Division III level to its status as a Football Bowl Subdivision member.

The Blazers earned their first home win at Legion Field on Nov. 9, 1991 with a 9-7 victory over Hastings. UAB later posted its first Division I-AA victory against Morehead State in 1993 and its first Division I-A triumph against Arkansas State in 1996.

In that same 1996 season, UAB posted a pair of signature wins -- a 29-10 victory over Houston in the Blazers' first Conference USA game and a 36-17 upset of No. 17 East Carolina.

UAB drew its largest ever crowd to Legion Field for the Southern Miss game in 2003 as 44,669 fans came through the gates.

For more than 80 years, Legion Field has been a fixture in Birmingham and the Southeast as the site of classic football games at all levels.

The stadium was constructed in 1926 with an original capacity of 21,000; the cost of the original construction was $439,000. The stadium was named in 1927 in honor of the American Legion and stands as a memorial to those who gave their lives in the service of this country.

Legion Field hosted its first game - a battle between Howard (now Samford) and Birmingham-Southern - on Nov. 19, 1927 and has since played host to hundreds of high school, college and professional football contests.

The stadium grew significantly over the years, growing to a largest capacity of 83,091, ranking it 10th among 112 Division I-A football stadiums at the time. It currently holds 72,000.

After having an artificial playing surface for 25 years, the stadium was returned to grass in time for the 1995 season. The stadium was then the site for first-round soccer games during the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games of 1996.

The grass was then removed again prior to the 2006 season for the installation of a new, state-of-the-art Sure Turf artificial surface.

The stadium has seen its share of famous players and coaches throughout the years. Among the players who have competed here are Johnny Unitas, Doak Walker, Bobby Layne, Dick Butkus, Sammy Baugh, and Vincent “Bo” Jackson.

The coaching list includes such greats as Tom Landry, Bob Neyland, Bobby Bowden, Wallace Wade, Tom Osborne, Wally Butts, John McKay, Hank Stram, Jack Pardee, Bobby Dodd, Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Pat Dye, Paul "Bear"”" Bryant, Vince Dooley and Joe Paterno.

In addition to its numerous high school and collegiate contests, Legion Field has served as the home of the Birmingham Americans and Birmingham Vulcans of the World Football League, the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League, the Birmingham Fire of the World League of American Football, the Birmingham Barracudas of the Canadian Football League, and the Birmingham Bolts of the XFL.

The stadium has also served as the site for various college bowl games over the years and currently hosts a bowl game each year.

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