First-year head coach Jerod Haase makes a grand entrance at Hoops On The Haase-phalt on Friday night.
Oct. 19, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB men's basketball team officially opened the 2012-13 season in grand fashion with the debut of "Hoops On The `Haase'-phalt," which took place on Friday night on the UAB campus.
The event was a first of its kind in the state of Alabama, as the city closed down 14th Street South to erect an outdoor basketball court near Heritage Hall, which showcased the members of this year's Blazer squad.
UAB fans crowded arounded the outdoor basketball court, which was constructed specifically for this event. The estimated crowd of 2,600 people were in attendance to see the one of a kind event.
Hoops on the `Haase'-phalt was a night of activities for families of all ages. Pre-event festivities began at 6 p.m. at the UAB mini-park and included music and inflatables for children, along with the men's and women's basketball team signing autographs and taking pictures.
Fans began taking their seats in the specially-constructed bleachers approximately 6:30 p.m., which quickly filled to capacity.
The main event began promptly at 7 p.m. and included Golden Girls, the UAB Band and Spirit Squads, some a three-point competition and concluded with a dunk contest.
Women's basketball senior guard Kelsie Weynand and her partner won the three-point competition, while senior guard Jekore Tyler claimed the slam dunk competition, which was judged by local celebreties, which included former UAB men's basketball player Mo Finley, James Spann from ABC 33/40 and Tony Kurre from the Opening Drive on 94.5 WJOX, among others.
In a special moment prior to the on-court entertainment, nearly 20 former UAB men's basketball players were recognized.
A special highlight video of the event will be posted sometime early next week on UABsports.com.