BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced Wednesday his support for the expansion of BJCC Legacy Arena and a new stadium to be built on property adjacent to the BJCC.
The announcement came during a committee of the whole meeting of the Birmingham City Council on Wednesday.
Birmingham's commitment would be $3 million per year for 30 years. The economic return to the city during the construction phase is projected to be $1.27 million. In years past that, the investment into the BJCC and the new stadium would be $500,000 a year.
It's projected if the area near the new stadium is developed, the return on the investment would be as much as $5.5 million per year during the construction period. In years past that, the city could see $9.9 million a year.
Woodfin says investing in the infrastructure upgrades could fund the city's priorities, with neighborhood revitalization being at the top of the list. He also pledges to help Legion Field in addition to the commitment to help fund the new stadium and the BJCC expansion.
"We can get this done and we are going to make it happen," said Mayor Randall Woodfin. "Whether it's street paving, new housing developments, whether it's getting rid of dilapidated structures in the community all of these things that are priority as a relates to neighborhood revitalization this fund gives us a space to actually realize these priorities."
"We will take care of Legion Field and take care of building a new facility - that was good news, but like he said, I'll take money and that's the key. Everything is money, but we have not maintained it as we should have," said city councilor Valerie Abbott. "I would have preferred that was $2 million from the city and $2 million from the county because the city of Birmingham only has with 212,000 people not all of home can't even afford to go to an event there. I think most people actually attend or will attend events will be from outside the city of Birmingham, so I would have liked to seen a better split on the contribution."