July 23, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The 2012 football season is still more than a month away, but there’s no doubt that UAB Blazer fans are excited about the beginning of the Garrick McGee era.
Mid-summer figures show that season tickets, donor participation and club level commitments have all increased in the past seven months.
New season ticket holder accounts are up 54 percent with the renewal rate for season tickets currently at 85 percent. Blazer Boosters membership has generated nearly $60,000 in scholarship revenue from new donors. In addition, 110% Blazer and Next Level philanthropic giving programs have also produced $71,000 in new scholarship funds.
Interest in club level seating at Legion Field has also jumped 42 percent from the 2011 season and less than 100 season tickets remain available for the six-game home schedule this fall.
McGee, who was hired last December as the Blazers’ head coach, has made it a priority to get out in the Birmingham community to the UAB fan base. Those efforts, along with the athletic department’s “Play Your Part” initiative, have clearly created an excitement around the program.
“We are all extremely excited about what Garrick has brought to our football program,” said UAB Athletic Director Brian Mackin. “There’s a buzz that is evident and we have seen increased support from our fans. These numbers certainly reflect that.”
Blazer fans are encouraged to help continue the momentum by purchasing season tickets. Tickets can be purchased by calling the UAB ticket office at 205-975-UAB1 or by visiting www.UABSports.com.
By clicking here, fans can support the Grand Initiative by joining Blazer Boosters with a minimum gift of $100 that will directly support student-athlete scholarships.