Alabama NewsCenter — Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces venue offers history, industrial aesthetic for The World Games 2022

| June 18, 2022 @ 10:00 am

By Bob Blalock
Alabama NewsCenter

Aaron Hauck and Jay Kasten stand in a frying pan of a field in the sizzling June heat, patiently answering questions about bringing Birmingham’s newest beach, climbing wall, obstacle course and dance floor to life. The hulking, rusted stacks and boilers of Sloss Furnaces loom over their shoulders.

It has been more than 50 years since Sloss’ blast furnace belched fire and pig iron, the last of Birmingham’s old furnaces to shut down, which signaled the demise of the industry that forged Birmingham. It will be 20 days until The World Games (TWG) 2022 begin, which Birmingham area leaders hope will herald a future filled with major events that drive economic development and growth.

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