The BJCC’s Legacy Arena will close in April for the construction of $125 million in renovations over 18 months.
“The improvements are so significant, it just couldn’t be done while the building was still open,” said BJCC Executive Director Tad Snider.
Now, the arena built in the 1970’s will see a major transformation.
“Taking that building that opened in 1976 and really taking it now 40 plus years into serving Birmingham and what It can do in the next 30 years or 40 years,” Snider said.
Snider says the project is going out for bid at the end of January or early February, to position it for April construction.
He says it will include all the amenities people come to expect in 2020.
“All the food and beverage gets reworked,” he said. “All the restrooms get redone. The seats get replaced. The colors, the materials, all that changes. The aesthetics will be different, more contemporary so it’s going to be very exciting.”
Logistical aspects like loading docks will also expanded to meet the demands for major tours.
“We know we’re going to be more competitive in terms of the types of events, whether it’s NCAA basketball or first leg or second leg concerts that the building hosted in the late 70’s, to be able to get back in the conversation again,” said Snider. “We think it’s really exciting.”
The arena construction will coincide with the construction of the new stadium, but the exhibition space and concert hall will remain open for events.