There’s a long list of things to do in the Magic City on a beautiful Fall day, but there’s one athletic event that stands above the rest: UAB football.
The UAB football program has been back in full swing for more than a year after being shut down in 2014 (and reinstated in 2015), and the Blazers have become one of the hottest tickets in town.
If you haven’t made the trip to Legion Field since “The Return” in 2015, here are 5 reasons you should go see the Blazers play at Legion Field!
1. UAB football has a new culture
Something changed between when the UAB football was shut down in December 2014 and when the Blazers made “The Return” in 2017. UAB is no longer a team in Birmingham, it is now Birmingham’s team.
The Blazers are serious about winning – and fans fill the seats to watch. UAB had an attendance increase of 140 percent in 2017 from the 2014 season, the second highest in the country. It’s a movement that you must see to experience.
2. This UAB football team is really good
Since The Return, UAB football is all about setting program records. In 2017, the Blazers set the single-game attendance record, record for average attendance (and also led C-USA) and tied the program record for most wins in a season. Not to mention, the Blazers made their second bowl appearance in program history and went undefeated at home.
Transition to 2018, the Blazers are off to their best start in program history and still haven’t lost a home game. Currently 10-0 at home following The Return with a homecoming win against North Texas, UAB continues setting the record for consecutive home wins with each victory. The North Texas win also clinches UAB’s first back-to-back bowl appearances in program history.
3. You don’t have to travel far
It’s OK if you didn’t grow up a UAB football fan – most people didn’t. But regardless of who you root for regularly, they probably aren’t in Birmingham. Sure, Tuscaloosa is only an hour away and Auburn is only two hours, but UAB football is right down the street.
The great thing about UAB football being in town is you can dedicate as much time to the day as you like. If you want to make a full day of it, go for it! However, if you don’t want to tailgate and want to zip home after the game, Legion Field is located right off I-65, so that’s possible too!
4. UAB football games are fun!
College football can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re trying out UAB football, simply take your friends and family and have a good time! One great thing about UAB football is crowd size is smaller than in Tuscaloosa or Auburn so it’s easier to move around.
Tailgating around Legion Field is just as good as anywhere in the state and the spacious concourses at Legion Field allow food trucks to park and offer fans a variety than the usual concession stand options.
Also, UAB football games offer something you won’t get at most venues in Alabama: Alcohol.
5. UAB football plays at a historic venue
I won’t lie and say Legion Field is great. UAB football has waited for the day it can play in a new stadium, but that doesn’t take away from the history of the Old Gray Lady.
Legion Field has seen numerous great games, including the Iron Bowl from 1948-1988. It hosted the first two SEC Championship games, both played between Alabama and Florida, was home to numerous soccer games during the 1996 Olympic Games, held the AHSAA Super 6 state championship games from 1996 to 2008 and remains home to the Magic City Classic.
Legion Field might not be missed once UAB football moves into Birmingham’s new downtown stadium in 2021, but it is worth visiting Legion Field at least one more time before the Blazers move.
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