Birmingham CrossPlex

City of Birmingham

Unlike and unmatched by any other facility in the country.



The “big box” shape of this multi-sport venue results from its big-box contents: a 200-meter indoor track and a 50-meter competition pool. Also neatly packaged into the box are meeting facilities and services to support regional and national sporting events. The CrossPlex is also home to training for local amateur and college swimming and diving teams.

The three principal spaces are joined around a multi-level lobby transecting the big box. Both ends of the hall are expressed on the exterior by colonnades welcoming visitors to this facility. Featured in the lobby are glazed ceramic tile murals depicting the primordial elements of water and fire. A café and concessions line the lobby and create a public forum for civic interaction.

Since opening, the facility has hosted and is scheduled to host numerous championship events, including the 2022, 2019, and 2016 NCAA Division 1 Indoor Track & Field Championships, the 2021, 2020, 2017, 2015, and 2013 NCAA Division 2 Indoor Track & Field Championships, and the 2017 NCAA Division 3 Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Throughout the facility, daylight is captured through a continuous clerestory and filtered through semi-translucent glass. The facility is one of the first of its kind to be LEED Certified.

The City of Birmingham also views the facility as a catalyst for the revitalization of Five Points West, home of the historic Alabama State Fair Grounds. Currently, the Davis team is involved with the redevelopment of the remainder of the site into a mixed-use and retail center for west Birmingham.

I’ve been to almost every indoor facility in the country and the CrossPlex is nicer than any facility I’ve been to.
— Rod Tiffin, Samford University Track & Field Head Coach

At a glance

  • Located in Birmingham, AL

  • 221,000 sf

  • Completed October 2011


  • Architecture

  • Interior Design

  • Furniture Specification

  • Facility Programming

  • Master Planning

  • Sustainable Design

LEED Certification

  • LEED Certified (v2.2)


  • Indoor Track & Field Facility of the Year - American Sports Builders Association