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Alabama NewsCenter — Sports Business Journal: Birmingham, Alabama, a top city for sporting events

| March 23, 2024 @ 3:00 pm

By: Michael Sznajderman

A major sports business publication has named Birmingham among the nation’s most successful cities with no “Big Five” pro team in attracting major sporting events.

Sports Business Journal (SBJ) ranked the Magic City No. 3, behind Fort Worth, Texas and Greensboro, North Carolina, in drawing sporting events that are major economic drivers. The magazine cited the community’s $330 million investment in building Protective Stadium and upgrading Legacy Arena in helping draw significant sporting events to the city, including The World Games in 2022, the Transplant Games coming in July, the Masters Crossfit Games in August and the World Police and Fire Games coming in 2025.

“When it comes to youth, collegiate and amateur sports, we are a major league player,” said John Oros, president & CEO of the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).“With first-class sports facilities and venues, and an impressive resume of major sports events, the Greater Birmingham Region has earned its reputation as a premier sports destination.”

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