Legion FC to open season this month against regional rival on ESPN 2

Legion FC to open season this month against regional rival on ESPN 2
Birmingham Legion FC announced Wednesday that it will kickstart its 2020 season in Birmingham with a preseason friendly match against MLS powerhouse and 2018 MLS Cup Champions, Atlanta United FC, on Saturday, February 8, at 3:30 p.m. CT at BBVA Field.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Legion FC will kick off its 2020 season this month in a nationally televised match against a regional rival.

Birmingham returns to the BBVA Field on July 15 against Memphis 901 FC at 7 p.m. The match will be televised on ESPN 2 and will feature a limited capacity for the in-person crowd.

Fans will be required to wear masks, adhere to social distancing and must pass a temperature check and health screening before entering the stadium.

The approved attendance number will be able to accommodate all season ticket holders and single-game tickets are still available. Legion FC says it has socially distanced seating plans that will allow families and groups to sit together and still remain 6 feet from others.

The soccer club says sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the stadium and high-traffic areas like restrooms and concession stands will be sprayed and wiped regularly.

“I think it’s really big! First and foremost, you know they kind of picked it out as the game they wanted to highlight because it’s Memphis, which is a rivalry team. You know, there’s a lot of history there with the barbecue bash, but what’s exciting is that you have these organic rivalries and now you’re able to showcase them,” said Legion President & General Manager Jay Heaps.

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