The University of Alabama has been awarded the right to host the 2019 football season, with the Birmingham City Council unanimously approving a $5 million contract with the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
The stadium will be the home of the Alabama Crimson Tide for the 2019 season.
Birmingham City Manager Greg Jones told reporters at a news conference on Monday that he was happy with the deal.
“We feel this will create jobs and opportunities for Birmingham City, and the Birmingham community as a whole,” Jones said.
The announcement came after the city and Alabama signed a new contract in January.
The city, which has a population of about 6 million, is one of only two in the U.S. that will have to buy new stadium tickets.
A new stadium is needed to replace the current home of Birmingham City Stadium, which is currently used for home games by the Alabama football team.
The deal also gives Birmingham City the right, for the first time, to host all three home football games of the 2019 campaign.
The 2018-19 season will start in August.
“This agreement gives Birmingham the right for the city to host four home football matches,” Jones told the council.
“It is the only contract that has been negotiated by Birmingham City that has included a guarantee that we will be able to host home games for the 2018-2019 season.”
The new contract will be for the next 10 years.
Birmingham will have the right of first refusal on all stadium naming rights, and it will also have the ability to bid for a stadium.
The Birmingham City and Alabama Football League (BALDFL) also announced on Monday a $500,000 agreement with the UAB Athletics Foundation to help the city prepare for the new stadium.