BJCC stadium, arena renovation project to proceed after successful bonds sale

    45,000 seat open air NCAA football stadium to host UAB and multiple bowl games as well as the Magic City Classic. Also capable of accommodating 10,000 additional temporary seats. (BJCC)

    A downtown stadium and renovations to the BJCC arena took a big step forward after bonds for the project were priced and sold Tuesday.

    The bond sale will finance the $175 million stadium as well as pay for $125 million dollars in upgrades to the BJCC's Legacy Arena.

    "The sale was very successful and now we're able to move ahead with the project," said Tad Snider, president and CEO of the BJCC.

    Site work will begin before the end of this year. The stadium is expected to be completed in 2021 and the arena upgrades are expected to be finished in 2022.

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