In his role as Governor, he works strategically with the NLL and other teams across the league to continue the growth of the sport and the league. He finds synergies with other Comcast Spectacor properties and focuses on overall development of the team and the business. Prior to joining the Flyers, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Director of Marketing for Comcast Spectacor, overseeing marketing, public relations, and sales of family events and concerts at the Wells Fargo Center and the Spectrum.
A major element of that plan was a new "civic activities center" to include sports and performing arts venues and exhibition space. The authority would construct and manage the proposed facility. With momentum growing behind the idea of constructing such a facility, architect William A.
Briggs of Richmond, Virginia was hired to research the needs of probable users and to generate a detailed program report. Though the actual civic center was presumed to need a four-block area, nine blocks, between 19th and 21st Street and between 8th and 13th Avenue North were included in the study area.
When the federal funding was announced, Townsend said that, "another link has been forged in the chain of reality toward that accomplishment of the finest cultural and convention complex in the entire country.
Design competition The enabling legislation required that the design of the center be generated through an open architectural competition conducted according to American Institute of Architects guidelines. Any architect with a minimum of four years' registration in any state would be eligible to submit a design in the first phase, for which three months was allotted.
Nearly firms requested the project specifications and submissions were received for first-round judging. Each firm submitted two panels measuring 30" x 40".
All of the entries were displayed in Municipal Auditorium the week of November 11while the 5-person jury examined them. Of the entrants, only one, Fritz Woehlelived in Birmingham.
Jones of Huntsville were the only other Alabama architects to compete. Eight finalists were announced on November Judging of the final entries was begun on May 29, with the winner announced the next morning at a breakfast hosted by Mayor Albert Boutwell.
With Obata's strong recommendation to the committee, Qualls was selected as the winner with Rapson as first runner-up and Fitch as 2nd runner-up. In reviewing the architectural design of the new facility for Birmingham magazine, Philip Morris said "The Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center is a superb piece of architecture [ The plaza between will be one of the notable plazas in the country.
Construction of the Exhibition Hall began with a groundbreaking ceremony in July with dynamite marking the "explosion of creativity, energy, imagination and cooperation" responsible for making the project possible.
A prior luncheon featured a screening of the film " Renaissance in Birmingham " at the Municipal Auditorium exhibit hall. A local sign company negotiated to place advertisements on it in exchange for providing signage within the center at no cost.
Members of AIA Birmingham lobbied the authority to remove the ads from the sign in order to preserve the architectural integrity of the complex. The sign was replaced with more sophisticated electronic marquees in and Legacy Arena View of the arena from the upper level during the Davis Cup first round tie.
Photograph by Kevin Stephenson Main article: The 22, square-foot oval-shaped arena floor measures ' x ' and is 75' feet from floor to ceiling.
Backstage areas include locker rooms, dressing rooms, a press room and a VIP Reception area. Concert Hall Main article: Exhibition Hall The ,square-foot Exhibition Hall is used for Birmingham's largest trade shows and conventions. It is divisible into three smaller halls and can accommodate exhibit booths.
The North Hall was the first to open in The East Exhibit Hall opened in It contains 1, total seats, but normally utilizes When arranged for a proscenium stage seats on either side are removed, and for a thrust stage, those are opened, but the first rows are covered with additional stage platforms.
The theater is used for operas, ballets, and smaller concerts and stage shows. The theater stage is feet wide and 48 feet deep with a grid height of 58 feet.
The proscenium is 28 feet tall by 70 feet wide. There are 2 rehearsal areas, 2 chorus dressing rooms and 6 dressing rooms, including a star's dressing room.
The original construction included lighting capable of switching between 10 pre-programmed scenes.
A Birmingham News columnist enthused that the new stage would provide top-of-the-line facilities for the city's numerous amateur and academic theater groups. In practice, the requirement of paying union scale to cast and crews made the BJCC theater inaccessible to most local groups.
The Birmingham Children's Theatre was contracted early on as a house company for the new facility, which it has primarily shared with touring shows.The plan is to host high school, AAU and travel-team games and camps at the venue.
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