BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Alliance of American Football’s Birmingham Iron kicks off its season on February 10 against the Memphis Express at Legion Field in Birmingham.
“We are expecting huge crowds here,” said city councilor William Parker. “We want to make sure that everyone has a great experience when they come out here to Legion Field and we’re making sure the Legion feel stays viable."
Parker chairs the council’s park and recreation board. He said Birmingham is one step closer to becoming a sports destination. But it takes a lot of work to get ready to host a new league.
"It’s getting the turf ready for the Birmingham Iron and also making necessary upgrades for the team and making sure the coaches are prepared and ready and have the necessary work space so that they can have a successful season,” Parker said.
Also kicking off with the Birmingham Iron is a new recycling program at Legion Field. Recycling bins will be placed around the stadium, with new Birmingham City Councilor Crystal Smitherman being behind the efforts.
“I feel like we really had to care about our city, our surroundings and our environment,” said Smitherman. “If you take care of your environment and you take care of your home and your city, we can make Birmingham beautiful.”
The first game is February 10 at 3 p.m. The team is hosting a meet and greet at The Club at 11 a.m. on Monday. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Baptist Health Foundation .