Boxing match draws nearly 12,000 to Legacy Arena
BIRMINGHAM – Legacy Arena at the BJCC saw a 40 percent growth in attendance to its second-ever boxing match held Saturday night – a turnout so strong it further solidifies Legacy Arena’s place as a sports hub.
Attendance for Saturday’s match between Tuscaloosa’s Deontay Wilder and California’s Chris Arreola was about 11,900. Wilder’s first match at the arena in September 2015 had attendance of 8,500.
Wilder won Saturday’s fight in a technical knockout after eight rounds and defended his WBC heavyweight title.
Wilder’s desire to fight at Legacy Arena – just an hour north of his hometown – has added another sport to the venue’s repertoire and put Birmingham in the national and international sports spotlight. The arena has now hosted college basketball and gymnastics, professional hockey, Davis Cup tennis matches, arena football, Olympic sporting events and more.
“The Legacy Arena is unmatched in Alabama with events it offers,” said Tad Snider, Executive Director and CEO of the BJCC. “Adding boxing to the mix has grown our sports offerings in an exciting direction and it gives Birmingham another compelling competitive sport to watch in action, in person, or live on a nationally broadcast TV channel.”
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About Legacy Arena
The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex’s Legacy Arena is the state’s largest indoor event space. The arena opened in downtown Birmingham in 1976 and seats 18,000. It is part of the BJCC campus that also includes Alabama’s largest hotel in the 757-room Sheraton Birmingham, the 294-room Westin Birmingham Hotel and the Uptown Entertainment District. Follow Legacy Arena on Facebook (@LegacyArena) and Twitter (@LegacyArena). Follow the BJCC on Facebook (@TheBJCC), Twitter (@BJCC) and Instagram (@theBJCC).