in 1926 at a cost of nearly half a million
dollars, Birmingham's Legion Field served
as the site of many memories made in the
"Football Capital of the South."
Both Auburn University and arch rival
Alabama periodically called Legion Field
home, and took on each other there in
their annual "Iron Bowl."
Legion Field would also serve as the home
of two different collegiate bowl games:
the Dixie Bowl of 1947-48, the Hall of
Fame Classic (later the All-American Bowl
from 1977 to 1990.
a seating capacity of 71,594 today, Legion
Field has played host to more pro football
teams than any other facility in North
America. 1974 brought the Birmingham
Americans and the World Football League to
the facility. In 1975 the Americans
were gone, but had been replaced by a new
team, the Birmingham Vulcans. In
1979 the AFA was launched with Birmingham
represented by the Alabama Vulcans.
The USFL's Birmingham Stallions competed
at Legion Field from 1983 to 1985.
The World League of American Football
brought spring football back to Birmingham
for two years with the Birmingham Fire.
The Canadian Football League moved south
in 1995, launching the Birmingham
Barracudas, and finally Vince McMahon's
XFL came to town with the Birmingham
Thunderbolts in 2001.