Aug. 23, 2012
Dear Blazer Family,
We're all excited about the beginning of another new year for Blazer Athletics. Our fall sports teams have been hard at work the past few weeks training in preparation for the start of their seasons.
Obviously, we are all counting the days until the football season when our new head coach, Garrick McGee, leads our Blazers into the season opener on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Troy.
As most of you know, our game with Troy is part of a tripleheader at Legion Field during the opening weekend. UAB will kick off against Troy Saturday at 11 a.m. with Alabama A&M and Tuskegee meeting at 7 p.m. later in the day. On Sunday, North Alabama and Miles College will play at 6:00.
These three games in just over a 24-hour period will offer our community an outstanding stage to start the new season. We are excited about our partnership with the City of Birmingham to promote college football and want everyone coming to Legion Field a week from Saturday to have a great day.
We also know our fans and supporters planning to attend the opener with Troy may be wondering if the additional games, especially the one that follows ours later in the day Saturday, could have an impact on their game day routine.
I want to assure Blazer fans that I, along with all of our staff, have been committed to ensure that your game day experience is a positive one. We are extremely sensitive to any changes due to other games taking place at Legion Field during the weekend.
Throughout the past several months, we have had ongoing meetings and discussions with city officials and the park board to make certain that our fans' experiences on Sept. 1 are not significantly or negatively affected.
Realizing that the parking and tailgating experiences are of major importance to all of our fans and guests, we have made those elements a priority in our conversations and planning for the event.
Parking in our regular reserved scholarship lots on the west side of Legion Field, as well as numbered Blazer Tailgate parking spaces and the Officials Lot off Graymont Avenue, will not be impacted. These lots will all be protected for our fans. The Blazer tailgate lots will open at 5 a.m. with the remainder of the parking lots opening at 7 a.m. on game day.
Our visitors from Troy, as well as fans coming for the Alabama A&M/Tuskegee game, will be able to park in lots on the east side of the stadium.
General parking on the west side of the stadium is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so I encourage fans who park in these lots to arrive early.
I should also mention that we have arranged with the city that for any fans who arrive prior to Saturday morning, a designated area on the east side of Legion Field will be available to park.
We also want to invite our fans to come out to Blazer Village, on the north side of Legion Field, staring at 8 a.m. and be sure to participate in Blazer Walk (also on north side) to welcome and cheer on our football team when they enter the stadium two hours prior to the game.
We're all looking forward to the start of the season and are especially excited about the buzz surrounding our football program since Coach McGee and his staff came on board.
We're confident that Saturday, Sept. 1 will be an enjoyable day for our fans and hope all of you will be there to cheer on UAB!