Legion Field: She's been referred to as the "Old Gray Lady" or the "Football Capital of the South." Once it was the mecca for big games. It still is old.
Legion Field appears to be near the end of the road as another chapter is now closed.
UAB played its final game at the stadium on Saturday. The Blazers have a new football facility now.
The Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Authority has alrady begun construction on a new stadium to be used for the other events like inner-city high school games.
Legion Field has been around since 1927. It is probably best known as the stadium where the "Iron Bowl" was played. Not only that, but it was Alabama's second home stadium and the home to its biggest games for decades.
The Crimson Tide played Auburn, Tennessee and LSU there regularly before the expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Half of its home games were played at Legion Field.
I've attended many. I had a ticket for my first Bama/Auburn game in 1984. You remember. Bo went the wrong way.
I traveled to Birmingham regularly for games as a high school student searching for a $10 ticket after finding a parking spot in somebody's yard for about the same price.
As a student at Alabama, I attended the Crimson Tide's home games there and found that you could park near Birmingham Southern for free. The walk was longer though.
I saw the last Alabama game there in 2003. It was Mike Shula's first as Bama head coach. Carl Wayne Mullins went with me. After Shula's press conference I could not find CW. He had left his seat. Luckily he turned up a few minutes later.
The AHSAA's Super Six was played at Legion Field for a dozen years. Our WTLS team broadcast Reeltown's 2001 win over Notasulga for the state title there in 2001. Yes - two teams a football toss apart went to the Magic City to determine the champion.
Legion Field has been a host to more than just football. It had Olympic soccer in 1996. The Rolling Stones have even performed there.
While Montgomery elected to upgrade Cramton Bowl, Birmingham has chosen to start anew. Soon I expect Legion Field will become a parking lot. Sad, but like Bob Dylan sang, "The Times - They Are A-Changing."