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BJCC expansion gains support

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A proposal to expand the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex has the support of newly seated Republicans on the Jefferson County Commission, but they don’t support a domed stadium.

Jim Carns and Bobby Humphryes, who ran on a “No Dome” platform, said they still oppose the proposed 70,000-seat stadium.

In November, they joined another dome opponent, Bettye Fine Collins, on the commission. However, all three said at press briefings Thursday they support some changes.

“We must have more hotels downtown and some retail shopping if we are going to attract major conventions,” said Col-lins, the commission president. “If we have a large group come we don’t have the space to accommodate such a convention.”

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