U.S. Women’s Soccer Team invited to play in Birmingham


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team won the World Cup in France Sunday. This is their fourth win and the team’s second title win in a row.

Now, the team has been invited to play in Birmingham at Legion Field. They’ve already confirmed a visit to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to kick off the victory tour. If they accept Birmingham’s invitation, it won’t be the first time the national team paid the Magic City a visit. The team was in Birmingham in 2015.

Gene Hallman is the executive director of the Alabama Sports Council. He says the city has a good chance at convincing the team to come.

“So we just reached out to U.S. Soccer today. We didn’t want to be presumptuous and reach out to them before they won the world cup, and now that there’s clearly going to be a victory tour, we think Birmingham can make a great case for being a great host once again for these great athletes.”

Gene Hallman

If the deal is sealed, the city can expect visitors from across the southeast. Birmingham City Councilman William Parker says the game could bring in tens of thousands.

“A lot of fan base, saying that the community will support the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team. In 2015, they’re were upwards of 35,000 that attended that game. We’re expecting it’ll be a sell-out this year.”

Councilman William Parker

If the team accepts, the Alabama Sports Council will work with the team to determine a date and opponent at Legion Field this fall. If booked, the game could easily bring in over 10 million dollars to the city of Birmingham.

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