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This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Brian Henry 11 months ago
MLS team, but would put them in Shelby County. This is very viable. I'm not so sure a group of small time investors couldn't pull this off (wouldn't need one gracious local billionaire).
Living in Dubai, I've seen how fast a city can change, but Birmingham has way too many legacy issues that can not be fixed overnight. Particularly when the leadership consistently looks out for their own best interest and not that of the city itself. I'd love to see it. Bham is my hometown, and I love it. It's just not ready for the NBA/NFL/MLB.
They sucked something awful.
Like I said the only thing that would work is NFL and we won't get tyat
Birmingham's biggest challenge is the governance structure, which dates back to the civil rights era. Unlike Nashvilke or Atlanta, each separate neighborhood in Birmingham is it's own city, and having thirty something municipal governments in one metropolitan area is a disaster. We all know that the "one great city" idea will never get off the ground because of education. On the other hand, that's one of the things that makes Birmingham such an attractive place to live. Unlike Nashville or Atlanta, quality education is affordable and available for more than just the very wealthy.
Even so, Birmingham has a lot of traction right now. People saying that Birmingham is a dump or unattractive simply don't know what they're talking about. Food started the Birmingham revival. I've been to the best restaurants in Nashville and Atlanta and frankly, they don't come close to what Birmingham has to offer.
From pepper place to our new breweries to the new ballpark to the entertainment district with a Todd English restaurant (not my personal favorite, but definitely an attraction) people have taken our identity as a food destination and built upon it.
Birmingham is at its best when it embraces its identity, and doesn't try to be something it's not. Birmingham is a midsized city, with a history that is both checkered and interesting. There's no place else quite like it.
Railroad park and the new baseball park are perfect examples of this. They feel like Birmingham.
I am a Birmingham cheerleader, and I'll tell you that an NBA, NFL, or MLB franchise is never coming to Birmingham.
But even though I'm not a big soccer fan, an MLS franchise would thrive here. We actually have a strong soccer history. Soccer is very popular in this region, but the MLS doesn't have much of a footprint in the South. And MLS is much lower budget then NBA or NFL. A mixed use 35,000 seat facility jointly used by UAB football and an MLS franchise somewhere near Regions Field is something we could actually pull off.
Anyway, just my two cents. I'll take Birmingham over Atlanta for quality of life any day.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by The Coleman Kid 11 months ago
I think Birmingham would be better off focusing on recruiting a major corporation to come here rather than a pro sports franchise. Mercedes-Benz has done more for this state than any other sports advancements (hiring Saban, multiple championships in the state, Regions Park, etc) in the past 15 years. Bham needs one more major Fortune 500 company (or two) to even be considered legitimate to support a sports franchise.
One thing that every city with a sports franchise has is at least one Fortune 100 company and even multiple Fortune 500 companies. These corporations not only bring sponsorship money but also the high income earners that can financially support a sports franchise.
That leads to an interesting chicken or egg type argument. Major corporations looking to place a corporate headquarters are very interested in both quality of life factors (primarily for people in mid and upper management) and local advertising opportunities. Sports franchises, golf tournaments, music and cultural festivals, etc. can operate to attract major corporations.
Must be a slow day for you.
Downtown Birmingham is being revitalized. I work for a civil engineering company near Birmingham and we've did dozens of condominiums in the downtown area. The old Government housing over near 280 was demolished and a more appealing to the eye complex was built back. Add in the new Barons baseball stadium and the entertainment district that is built over by the Civic Center shows progress of trying to improve downtown.
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