[HOOVER, AL] March 12 – Birmingham Legion FC has chosen the Hoover Met Complex to be its 2020 Training Facility. The club is utilizing HMC for both training and recovery, five to six days a week. Legion FC is working with both the City of Hoover and Hoover Soccer Club to plan and prepare youth soccer clinics to take place at the Hoover Met Complex.
Jay Heaps, Legion FC’s President and General Manager, said “In choosing HMC as our 2020 Training Facility, we wanted a high-level complex that has both grass and turf training fields along with excellent locker room amenities. HMC is a great fit for Legion FC and we are excited about 2020.”
Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato echoes those sentiments. “We are excited to have Birmingham Legion using our facility for multiple purposes. Professional sports organizations have found the HMC very inviting, offering world class fields, and I am certain the club will have not only a wonderful playing experience, but even more so, I think they will enjoy the hospitality that Hoover has gained such a wonderful reputation for providing. We are excited that teams competing at the professional level continue to find their way to Hoover, Alabama.
Birmingham Legion FC was launched in 2018 as an expansion member of the USL Championship, and is Birmingham’s first and only locally owned and operated professional soccer franchise. In their first season, they made it to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the USL Championship playoffs. The club plays its home matches at BBVA Field, on the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s campus, and will open the 2020 season at home against Charleston Battery on Sunday, March 15, at 4:00pm. A pre-match St. Patrick’s Day celebration will take place at 3:00pm in the Legion FC Plaza at the stadium. Fans can check out the full 2020 schedule, buy tickets, get team merch, and more at bhmlegion.com, by following @bhmlegion on social media, and by downloading the Legion FC app.
About the Hoover Metropolitan Complex: The Hoover Metropolitan Complex (HMC) is a world class, multi-sport and event complex located in Hoover, AL. The HMC includes the Hoover Met Stadium, the state-of-the-art Finley Center with Hoover Climbing & Adventure, an RV Park, outdoor baseball complex, multi-purpose fields, a tennis complex, and all-inclusive playground and splash pad. The Hoover Met Stadium has served as the home of the SEC Baseball Tournament since 1998. The Hoover Metropolitan Complex is owned by the City of Hoover, Alabama. HMC is a member of the SFM Network, the nation’s largest and fastest growing network of sports facilities, and is operated by the industry-leader in outsourced operations, Sports Facilities Management.
About Sports Facilities Advisory and Management: Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA) and Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) are both headquartered in Clearwater, FL. Founded in 2003, SFA has served more than 2,000 communities, produced more than $10 billion in institutional-grade financial forecasts, and provided funding strategies and solutions for more than 70+ youth and amateur sports and recreation complexes worldwide. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation, and event venues nationwide. SFM-affiliated venues have hosted more than 100 million visitors and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. For more information, visit: sportadvisory.com and sfmnetwork.com.