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Jefferson County leaders expected to commit $30 million towards new downtown stadium

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- Jefferson County Commissioners plan to commit $30 million towards a new stadium in downtown Birmingham.

The commission’s finance committee voted on the measure Tuesday. It is expected to go before a formal vote Thursday.

“We’ll have it on the agenda. It was on a committee today that passed unanimously and we expect to honor our pledge, that’s why we passed a resolution,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown.

Fellow Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington posted a rendering of the proposed project to his Facebook page.

Carrington writes that it will include 45,000 permanent seats and 90,000 square feet of meeting space.

The facility could host several major sporting events on the horizon.

“The World Games will be here in 2021, and we must set the stage and have venues for them to play in, plus UAB, like I said, would utilizing the facility,” said Brown.

Leaders are quick to point out that the center will also attract exhibits and meetings. Added traffic could lure more business and visitors to downtown.

“I think the county spoke volumes today when we passed the resolution to do our part and hopefully that will spark the other businesses and other governments to come in and do their part,” said Brown.

The entire project is estimated to cost more than $120 million. With the county expected to commit to $30 million, it will need more support.

Chanda Temple, a public information officer for Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, issued the following statement to CBS 42.

The mayor is committed to continuing to have a conversation not just with the county commission but with the council to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to a downtown stadium.

 CBS 42 will provide an update on the vote after Thursday’s meeting.



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