Alabama is a major state in the Southeastern region of the United States of America that attracts millions of tourists from across the globe every year. With The Yellowhammer state rich in history, popular culture, technology and tourist attractions, it’s little wonder visitors flock to the region every year. Is 2022 the year you finally drop by and check out the many exciting landmarks?
It should be if you are a lover of travel and sports and are passionate about combining your two hobbies. This year promises to be one of the most exciting the state has ever seen for professional and college sports, with its numerous teams and athletes preparing to seek glory on the big stage. Interestingly, Alabama sports betting isn’t yet legal, despite a growing number of US states removing the ban on betting, but that doesn’t mean sport isn’t important to residents.
Sport is a way of life
Sport is a way of life for millions in Alabama. It’s ingrained in the region’s identity, bringing joy to much of the population while providing an important and much-needed boost to the local economy. If you plan to visit Alabama anytime soon and would like to take in and then tick off a few famous sports venues, we have you covered.
In this article, we have picked three of Alabama’s sports stadiums our content team believes are worth visiting. To help the page appeal to the maximum number of readers, each stadium plays host to a different popular sport. You can visit one and enjoy the occasion or plan ahead and try to cram in all three during your vacation.
The venues are best visited on matchday, allowing you an opportunity to purchase a ticket, watch them play live and soak up the big game atmosphere. There’s nothing like rubbing shoulders with like-minded fans at a packed venue to get an authentic feel for the people of Alabama and the love they have for their sports teams. If you can’t make it to the arena to watch the host team play, there are stadium tours and trophy room visits that will help bring you closer to the action.
Bryant Denny Stadium
This isn’t just one of the most impressive sports venues in the state of Alabama; it’s one of the most breathtaking you will find anywhere in the United States. Bryant Denny Stadium was opened in 1929, so the place oozes history. Still, several upgrades mean it also boasts the best and most modern technology to improve fans’ visits.
With a capacity of over 100,000, this venue has hosted some memorable fixtures over the years. It is the home to the Alabama Crimson Tide American Football team, who ply their trade in the Southeastern Conference. As well as your chance to cheer the locals to victory you may catch a glimpse of an NFL star of the future.
This college has provided the NFL with some important players of the last generation, and another exciting crop of prospects is coming through the ranks. If you plan to visit and cheer on the Crimson Tide, buying your tickets through the proper channels, such as the stadium’s website or the club’s smartphone app, is advisable.
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Visit this eye-catching sports venue, and you will be in for a treat. With a capacity of just 1500, it isn’t near as impressive as the building above, but that doesn’t mean it lacks the passion or atmosphere needed to enjoy a day sampling local sport.
The Orange Beach Sportsplex was built in 2001 and is a multi-use venue. It has hosted NCAA men’s and women’s soccer games, home games of Alabama Lightning, and baseball and softball games.
Here you’ll find a stadium that is only a decade old and houses the Birmingham Barons and UAB Blazers. This stadium has been known to host different sports, but you are most likely to catch a minor league baseball fixture if you stop by on the correct night. It has a capacity of 8,500 and cost $64m to construct.