Final phase of construction at new UAB stadium begins
Houston Dynamo midfielder Rob Lovejoy joined officials from BBVA Compass and the University of Alabama Birmingham on Wednesday to mark the start of the final phase of construction of UAB soccer’s new home.
Named BBVA Compass Field, the facility will seat about 2,500 people. The BBVA Compass Foundation gifted $1.5 million to the university for the construction. Both teams played their final home games on the playing surface of the new soccer venue.
Lovejoy, who plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, was on hand to help UAB soccer players and coaches teach soccer fundamentals to local students.
Though Birmingham isn’t often talked about for its soccer, UAB has built a solid program and the city had the highest ESPN audience in the U.S. for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the U.S. and Mexico. It was also one of the top 18 markets in television ratings during the 2014 World Cup.