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November 2018


NEWS RELEASE | Winter 2018
CONTACT:   Dilcy Windham Hilley
                        VP Marketing & Communications
                        80-458-8085 or
Birmingham is attracting convention and leisure visitors with attractions, flights, dining and more.
Birmingham, Ala. ----- With inviting Southern character and a certain edgy hipness, Birmingham has always been something of a place apart.  It’s a city with a striking history, a progressive present, and a shades-on look to the future.  Here are just a few of the newest happenings in Birmingham:
  • Birmingham is currently the only place in the U.S. you can have dinner at “the most outstanding restaurant in America.”  Highlands Bar & Grill recently won the award from the prestigious James Beard Foundation.  While they were at it, Highlands also took home the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award for “most outstanding pastry chef in America.”  So, in Birmingham, you can have the best dinner in America followed by America’s best dessert.
  • Beginning in January, Delta Air Lines will add a new non-stop flight from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to New York LaGuardia.
  • A $123 million expansion and renovation is underway at Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Currently with 18,000 seats, the arena is projected to be complete in the winter of 2022. 
  • Topgolf Birmingham is attracting visitors and locals, golfers and non-golfers alike.  The complex is a three-story, 65,000-square-foot venue of entertainment located near the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.  Topgolf has 102 climate-controlled bays equipped with clubs for men and women.  The venue has event and meeting space, full-service bars on each floor, and a rooftop terrace.
  • The Birmingham Crossplex is a gem among the city’s many sports events facilities.  This month the Crossplex got a welcome new neighbor in the form of a 100-room Comfort Inn & Suites, with meeting rooms to accommodate 25 to 60 people.  The hotel is part of Crossplex Village, a new retail and restaurant development fronting the sports complex.
  • Construction on a new $300 million open-air stadium is expected to begin this year.  A recent bond sale will bring both a new 45,000-seat stadium and significant upgrades to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center campus.  The stadium is projected to be completed in 2021 in time for the World Games in Birmingham.  Upgrades to the 18,000-seat Legacy Arena at the BJCC are expected to be finished by 2022.
  • On the heels of the successful hosting of the 2018 US Women’s Open, Birmingham is preparing to host the World Games in July 2021.  The international event is expected to attract 4,500 athletes from 110 countries to compete in 36 sports over 11 days.
  • Professional soccer is set to debut in Birmingham in 2019 with a team affiliated with the United Soccer League. Birmingham Legion FC will play its home matches at BBVA Compass Field on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • The Alliance of American Football is bringing professional football to Birmingham starting in February 2019.  The Birmingham Iron will play a 12-week season with home games at Legion Field before moving to the new stadium at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
  • The Thomas Jefferson Tower is only one of several downtown projects to turn historic buildings into Cinderella stories.  The 20-story building was completed in 1929 and has undergone a $30 million redevelopment.  It now houses Roots & Revelry, one of the city most popular new downtown restaurants.
  • The Yard is another full-service restaurant that joined Birmingham’s inventory with the opening of The Elyton Hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph collection. The long-awaited luxury hotel opened late last year after a $45 million renovation of a historic 1909 downtown office building.  The 16-story hotel has 111 rooms and six suites, with The Yard and a rooftop bar.  Meeting space is also available.
  • Recently opened downtown is Homewood Suites by Hilton.  One- and two-bedroom suites have separate living and sleeping areas, with kitchenettes and other amenities.  With 105 guest rooms, the hotel has meeting space.  The largest meeting room is 1,276 square feet.
  • Another hospitality jewel opened in April in the historic Five Points South entertainment district.  Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel housed in a 1930s Art Deco building, with a number of high-end restaurants in the vicinity.  The hotel has a small meeting room for about 30 people.
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