The Hoover City Council on Monday night approved the city’s first “open container” entertainment district in the Stadium Trace Village development off John Hawkins Parkway despite opposition from some residents.

Official entertainment districts, as set out by state law, are designed to allow people to carry open containers with alcoholic beverages outside bars and restaurants within a defined area.

Hoover has never had an entertainment district, but proponents on the City Council said this will be a great boost for economic development and the arts community.

Councilman Curt Posey, the council’s representative on the Hoover Arts Council, said the Arts Council loves the idea of the amphitheater planned by the developer of Stadium Trace Village.

“We think this would be fantastic to have —

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