Special Collection Treasures
Published on November 18, 2022 by Jennifer Taylor
Legion field photo Legion Field, 1927

Legion Field is a large outdoor stadium in the Graymont neighborhood of Birmingham. Construction was completed in 1927 and the stadium was named Legion Field in honor of the American Legion, a nonprofit organization of U.S. war veterans. Around town the stadium is often affectionately referred to as The Old Gray Lady. After completion, she offered 21,000 seats as a venue. Now, she has around 71,000 seats.

The stadium was dedicated on November 17, 1927.

cover Dedication Program Cover
legion field dedication program Dedication Program Schedule   [view Image]

In the first game at the historic Legion Field, Howard College (now Samford University) took on local rival, Birmingham Southern College. Howard won the game 9 to 0. Including that first game. Samford’s record at the stadium consists of 34 wins, 17 losses, and 3 tied games.

1927 Howard team photo Photo. Howard College Varsity squad, 1927

Over the years, the stadium has primarily been used as a local football venue hosting events such as high school football games, The Iron Bowl, UAB football, The Magic City Classic, and pro football.

Legion Field has also served as a stadium for the Olympics, an arena for the Billy Graham Crusade, a venue for concerts, and the setting for the movie Woodlawn. During the summer of 2022, the stadium was used to help host the World Games.


  • Dedication Program, November 17, 1927
  • Willoughby, Avalee. History and Philosophical Foundations of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics at Samford University, 1900-1970
  • Howard Bulldogs Snarl Way to Victory in New Stadium, The Birmingham News. November 20, 1927
  • Legion Field, Birmingham Wiki http://www.bhamwiki.com/w/Legion_Field