Final design for Protective Stadium unveiled at BJCC Authority meeting – Birmingham Business – Birmingham Business Journal

Final design for Protective Stadium unveiled at BJCC Authority meeting - Birmingham Business - Birmingham Business Journal
Final design for Protective Stadium unveiled at BJCC Authority meeting – Birmingham Business
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex officials revealed the detail designs for Protective Stadium during the BJCC board meeting Wednesday afternoon, which included seating plans and sun study details.

Those detail designs included a seating chart, details about the different levels of the stadium as well as results of a sun study, which determined the amount of shade on the field based on different times of year.

Previously, officials said there will be about 45,000 seats available. Now, they say the stadium capacity will be about 45,000. Some areas of the stadium, including the grassy areas, club and deck areas will be ticketed but do not count as seats. There will be about 42,000 physical seats. Some of those seats will be folding seats like those at Regions Field and some will be bleachers.

On both the east and west sides of the lower bowl, there will be 33 rows on each side. The corners of the east side of the stadium are taller than the west side. The west side has an upper deck, where the east side does not.

Seating detail: 33 rows on west and east sides 9,144 seats in upper deck10,139 in east bowl5,825 seats in end zone13,937 seats in west bowl3,024 on the hillside (end zone area) 2,801 in the fan deck area537 seats in the suites

The stadium is designed so that even if fans leave their seats to grab something to eat, they can still see the game.

The stadium will include several club-style areas where fans can sit at a bar and lounge area and still see the field and other areas where there may be a DJ or band performing before a game or event.

The sun study, which determines how much shade will be available at different times of day, based on the time of year, was also presented during the meeting.

In early September, there wont be much shade until about 6 p.m., when almost half of the stand will be shaded. In November, shade will start creeping in about 3 p.m., with most of the stadium in the shade by 5 p.m.

Heres the sun study. Very little shade in September, but by November, shade will be more plentiful. pic.twitter.com/yPOU50EPJU

BJCC CEO Tad Snider said the playing surface for the stadium hasnt yet been determined. He said officials were interested in a hybrid material, but said discussions with stakeholders is still ongoing.

Discussions about where fans will be able to tailgate is also still ongoing, Snider said. Officials are talking with companies who help to curate gameday experiences to best determine where tailgating should happen, but those plans are also still pending.

Plans for how traffic will be handled on gameday have also not been finalized. Snider said more information about gameday traffic and tailgating should be available in the next few months.

The restrooms at the stadium are up to code, which means there will be nearly twice the number of toilets for women than for men.

The original budget for the stadium was $174 million, but Snider said the project may cost a little more.

Once we put it to bid, its essentially out of our hands, he said. He said the team is constantly working to estimate costs as they put together the construction package, which will be put to public bid late around November.

UAB Athletic Director Mark Ingram was also present at the meeting. Ingram said season ticket holders will be able to hand select their seats by Spring 2021. However, he said those interested in season tickets should buy them as soon as possible because seat selection is based on priority ranking. This means, the sooner fans have season tickets, the more likely they are to be able to hand select their seats.

Seating detail: 33 rows on west and east sides 9,144 seats in upper deck10,139 in east bowl5,825 seats in end zone13,937 seats in west bowl3,024 on the hillside (end zone area) 2,801 in the fan deck area537 seats in the suites

Heres the sun study. Very little shade in September, but by November, shade will be more plentiful. pic.twitter.com/yPOU50EPJU

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