It takes partners, great partners, to make projects as ambitious as Protective Stadium a reality. Beginning with a conversation between the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center Authority and the University of Alabama Birmingham shortly after the school’s football program was re-instated in 2015, momentum began to solidify around the idea of constructing a new multi-purpose stadium on property previously acquired at the BJCC.
Discussions picked up momentum with support from Jefferson County, the City of Birmingham, the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation, and corporate community support. Shortly thereafter, the BJCC Board of Directors pushed the project forward by retaining the world-renown Kansas City architectural firm Populous to begin developing concepts for a stadium on the new site at the BJCC.
With the financing model solidified in late 2018, site work started in 2019. Construction began on the stadium in January of 2020 after construction firm Brasfield & Gorrie were awarded the contract to construct the stadium following a public competitive bidding process.
Protective Stadium officially opened October 2, 2021 when UAB Football faced off against Liberty.