UAB is looking to build a new football stadium on campus. Last Friday, the school unveiled drawings of the $75 million project that will include 27,000 seats, 2,500 lawn seating, 33 luxury suites and 24 box seating.
The facility, if approved, will be built at the intersection of 6th Avenue South and 12th Street. UAB football coach Neil Calloway says the stadium will be big plus for his team's future.
"It would be a tremendous for our football team. It would be tremendous for our university. I think it would be tremendous for the city of Birmingham," Calloway said.
So far the Blazers have not been drawing sellout crowds at the 71,000 seat Legion Field. Students are not flocking to the games but some say that may change with an on-campus stadium within walking distance.
"I think it would be more people to go to it, since it's right here on campus. It would be easier to go and safer to go," UAB Sophomore Stephanie Cole said.
Other students admit they do not feel safe at night games at Legion Field.
"I think because it would be a nicer part of town. So many more people would come and enjoy the game," UAB freshman Lindsey Hill said.
But, there are still some Legion Field supporters. "I think they should keep it at Legion Field. We already don't have a place to park out here as it is," UAB junior Antonio Lovejoy said.
Last Saturday, the UAB football team was embarrassed by its 49-to-10 loss to Tulane University. Coach Calloway says he does not feel any additional pressure to win now to help get support from the board of trustees to back the stadium.
"You add pressure to yourself. Obviously I want to do well for the players mainly. This is all about the players. We got to step up and do better," Calloway said. As for his future, Calloway says ask that question of UAB Athletic Director Brian Mackin.
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