Jefferson County Commissioner Larry Langford
informs the Commission that he is working to
bring a National Basketball Association team to
Langford claims to be in
discussion with a group of professional athletes
to lure an NBA team to the city. His plans are
contingent on the city building a multi-sport
facility for the team to play in, however. "It
needs to be a 40,000-seat stadium and not a
70,000-seat stadium. I'm working with some pro
athletes right now. I'm excited where they are.
The mere fact they want to commit that kind of
money to it. A 40,000-seat stadium would let UAB
and Miles play football games," Langford said.
Langford's comments came after Commission
President Bettye Fine Collins updated the panel
on a special meeting of the Birmingham-Jefferson
Convention Complex board. Collins said the board
members offered alternatives to a domed stadium,
which a majority of the Commission members
oppose. "They are looking at a reduction of
their Plan A," Collins said.