Beauty, Class, Wine, James Beard and the BJCC.
Time and again, first time visitors to Birmingham are taken by the beauty of the area. With the foothills of the Appalachians as a backdrop, the city is laid out on lush rolling hills.
Alabama’s largest meeting facility, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), is a pleasant surprise with meeting facilities all in one complex. The BJCC Exhibition Hall’s main floor covers 220,000 square feet. The facility has 100,000 square feet in 74 meeting rooms, and includes a 19,000-seat Arena, a 3,000-seat Concert Hall and a 1,000-seat Theater.
That this Southern city has its own cosmopolitan personality is another eye-opener to visitors. Should you have us pigeonholed as serving only barbeque and fried pies, just remember that Birmingham is home to “the Oscars of dining” with James Beard Foundation winners and nominees.
The city has become something of a colony with recent openings of new art galleries of every sort. Galleries near the downtown area give art collectors wide options on paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, fine art and folk art.
Wine enthusiasts will want to take home souvenirs from the Alabama Wine Trail, especially delicate peach wines.
Vulcan Park and Museum has the world’s largest cast iron statue and a spectacular view of the city. The Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast.
Barber Motorsports Park has been hailed around the world as one of the best race courses in existence. The adjacent Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum houses the world’s largest collection of vintage motorcycles.
The story of Birmingham’s role in the long march to civil rights is told at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the focal point of the city’s Civil Rights District.
Fans of all sports enjoy the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum. And speaking of sports, some of the best golf on earth can be found at Birmingham’s two challenging courses along the state’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
So it is diversity that is this city’s greatest strength and strongest appeal. And it is this city’s charm and amenities that bring delegates back time and again to meet in Birmingham.
Since diversity goes beyond cooking and cuisine, so do we. Water recreation and Wedgwood collections. Science centers and skate parks. Mountain biking (the best) and museums by the dozen. The zoo and botanical gardens too. And diverse music? With strong local roots, music is plentiful. Jazz, blues, gospel, alternative, rock, country, sacred harp, bluegrass and reggae---all live, all the time---rock our world.
By nature, what diversity first brings to mind is the diversity of our people. Long known as a city of civil rights conflict and reconciliation, Birmingham has matured into a city that acknowledges and embraces the impact of our past, both negative and positive. With a rich history of Italian, Lebanese, Greek and Asian immigrants, along with our newer Hispanic neighbors, Birmingham benefits from gifts of many cultures. Today’s social scene is the picture of diversity as well, with folks of all ethnic backgrounds enjoying and learning from one another, arguing issues of the day, and sharing professional and social time together. The influences are all around us and beautifully melded into the diversity of Southern culture…in Birmingham.
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2200 Ninth Avenue N
, Birmingham, AL 35203-1100
Type of Destination Experience:
College Town, Urban
GSF Exhibit Space (Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex): 220,000
Meeting Space, Square Feet (Sheraton Birmingham Hotel): 170,000
Largest Ballroom, Square Feet (Sheraton Birmingham Hotel): 25,000
Sleeping Rooms in largest hotel (Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex): 770
Hotel adjacent to convention facility: Yes
Hotel rooms within one mile of convention center: 1,250
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
Miles to downtown 6
Cities with non-stop flights24
International cities with direct flights0
Geographic Areas Served:
All areas of Jefferson County, Alabama including the cities of Birmingham, Bessemer, Fairfield, Fultondale, Gardendale, Homewood, Hoover, Irondale, Leeds, Mountain Brook, Trussville, and Vestavia Hills