In professional sports, the Class AA Birmingham Barons (205-988-3200) have one of the proudest traditions in baseball. The team plays at Regions Field, one of the premier stadiums in minor league baseball.

College football dominates sports in Birmingham. UAB (The University of Alabama at Birmingham), which fields a major college basketball and baseball team, also has a Division IA football program. The team plays at Legion Field. College athletics also play an important role on the campuses of Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University, and Miles College.

Birmingham also hosts a number of sports museums including the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.