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Kobayashi takes Birmingham

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Takeru Kobayashi massages his injured jaw before losing the Mustard Belt to Joey Chestnut at the Coney Island hot dog eating contest. Photo: Takeru Kobayashi – drivenbyboredom/Flickr

If you’ve ever wanted to see multiple world-recording holding eating champion Takeru Kobayashi in person, then you’ll just have to head to this Saturday’s UAB Blazers football game against Alabama State at Legion Field. He’ll be in town for the  Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship qualifier that was originally supposed to take place in Blazer Village next to the Old Gray Lady before the game. Instead, due to security concerns, it’s been moved inside. According to this report on the Krystal Square Off blog, they’ll even be broadcasting the competition on the Jumbotron screens. Thanks to Nathan for the tip.

A look back: August 19


Hugo Black was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.


The University of Alabama announced that they had played their last home game at Legion Field.

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A look back: July 10


Alabama’s first Governor, William Wyatt Bibb died in office. Thomas Bibb, as President of the Senate, succeeded his brother as Governor.


Birmingham Americans 11 – Southern California Suns 7 in front of 53,000 at their first game at Legion Field.

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A look back: March 19


The 1964 Billy Graham Easter Rally was held at Legion Field.


Would-be thief Sampson Dearman was found trapped in the shaft of Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q‘s ventilator hood.

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National Women’s soccer to return to Legion Field

U.S. forward Lindsay Tarpley (5). The United States (USA) defeated Norway (NOR) 4-1 during the third place match of the Women's World Cup China 2007 at Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai, China, on September 30, 2007.Ironically on the anniversary of the Olympic soccer countdown beginning at Legion Field for the 1996 Olympics, it was reported that the U.S. women’s national soccer team will make its return to Birmingham and The Old Gray Lady on May 3. It’s a tune-up for the national squad as they prepare for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the first time that Legion Field has been used by either of our national soccer teams since the installation of an artificial turf playing surface in 2006.

Photo credit: Norway vs United States, WWC Third Place Match,  G romano/Flickr