I came to UAB because of how special I knew it could be. Our program has faced a glaring need from a facilities standpoint that affects practice time, preparation and recruiting success. This facility is going to give our team a tremendous advantage and is a game changer for us in every way.

We need you now more than ever to help write the next chapter of UAB Football. We want to push ourselves to be excellent in everything we do. With your support, we will be prepared for every opponent and have the ability to compete at the highest level.

WIN THE DAY! Go Blazers!

Bill Clark signature

Bill Clark 
UAB Head Football Coach

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A live view of construction progress on University Boulevard
Impact
Ingram
“We are committed to investing in the enhancement of the student-athlete experience, and philanthropy provides the necessary margin of excellence that UAB student-athletes deserve. Great facilities make a powerful impact on their success.”
Mark Ingram
UAB Director of Athletics
Smith
”This was a vision. It was about UAB, because UAB matters. UAB is the most powerful engine in our community. This gift was to the community, for Birmingham, because we believe in our city. We are marching forward, and this project is a major victory for our city.”
Hatton Smith
Chair, UAB Athletics Campaign Committee
CEO Emeritus, Royal Cup Coffee & Tea
McGee
”Since UAB had the vision to charter us, and is the largest employer and most dynamic economic driver in the state, we believe an investment in UAB will yield returns for Legacy members and for the entire community.”
Joe McGee
President and CEO,
Legacy Community Federal Credit Union
Craft
“This facility is something this region should take great pride in. When I played, I used to imagine bringing my family back to campus in 20 years, knowing I had been a part of UAB Football’s growth. That is our reality, and it’s very special to me.”
Justin Craft
Former Blazer Student-Athlete
President, Nowlin & Associates, Inc.
Overview
  • UAB's Football Operations Center will be located at the northwest entrance to campus.

    UAB's Football Operations Center will be located at the northwest entrance to campus.

  • The lobby will be an impressive entry point for future student-athletes and include tributes to Blazer greats.

    The lobby will be an impressive entry point for future student-athletes and include tributes to Blazer greats.

  • Football-specific weight room

    Football-specific weight room

  • First-floor blueprint of the Football Operations Center

    First-floor blueprint of the Football Operations Center

  • Second-floor blueprint of the Football Operations Center

    Second-floor blueprint of the Football Operations Center

  • Aerial footage January 26th, 2017

    UAB Football Operations Center
    and Legacy Pavilion

    UAB broke ground on Aug. 29, 2016, on a new Football Operations Center.

    The facility will include a 46,000-square-foot main structure with:

    • Office space
    • Team meeting and film rooms
    • Weight room
    • Training facilities
    • Locker rooms

    The complex will also include practice fields, one of which will be covered by an open-air pavilion.

    Expected completion date is July 2017.

    Renderings are subject to change

    Timeline

    UA Board of Trustees approves final stages of Football Operations Center

    June 17, 2016

    Groundbreaking ceremony; UAB plays first of two Green and Gold games in front of 5,000 fans

    August 29, 2016

    Construction begins

    September 15, 2016

    Bulldozers start digging

    September 29, 2016

    Foundation of Operations Center is laid

    October 5, 2016

    UAB plays second Green and Gold game

    October 20, 2016

    Construction begins on practice turf field

    October 31, 2016

    Construction starts going vertical with the outline of the Football Operations Center

    Dec. 19, 2016

    First practice turf field is completed

    January 26, 2017

    Construction on Legacy Pavilion begins

    February 6, 2017

    Expected completion date

    July 2017
     
    Naming Opportunities

    For information on naming opportunities email Brad Hardekopf, Associate Athletics Director at hardebp@uab.edu.

    Those who have made a pledge to the UAB Football Operations Facility will be contacted by Blazer Boosters and offered a naming opportunity to choose from based on your commitment level. Naming Opportunities will be assigned based on the Blazer Boosters Priority Point System.
     
    Naming OpportunityCommitment Status
    Site Plan  
    Main Building  
    Legacy Pavilion Committed
    Indoor Turf Practice Field  
    East Outdoor Practice Field (Turf)  
    Entrance Plaza Committed
    Equipment Loading Yard Committed
       
    First Floor  
    Student Athlete Lounge Committed 
    Locker Room  
    Mud Room  
    Treatment and Taping Room Committed 
    Physical Exam Room Committed 
    Assistant Trainer Office Committed 
    Head Trainer Office Committed 
    Hydrotherapy Room Committed
    Strength and Conditioning Room  
    Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Office Committed 
    Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach Office Committed
    Heritage Lobby Committed
    Coaches Locker Room Committed
    Coaches Lounge Committed
    Male Staff Locker Room Committed
    Female Staff Locker Room  
    Nutrition Room Committed
    Equipment and Laundry Room  
       
    Second Floor  
    Head Coach Office Committed
    Offensive Coordinator Office  
    Defensive Coordinator Office  
    Line Backers Office  
    Running Backs Office Committed 
    Special Teams Office Committed
    Tight Ends Office Committed
    Operations Office Committed 
    Field Observation Deck
    Committed
    Cardio Deck Committed 
    Recruiting Office Committed
    Guest Reception Area Committed 
    Scouting Room Committed 
    War Room Committed
    Video Editing Room Committed 
    Defensive Line Meeting Room  
    Offensive Line Meeting Room  
    Defensive Backs Office  
    Wide Receivers Office Committed
    Offensive Line Office Committed
    Defensive Line Office Committed
    Player Development Office Committed 
    Team Meeting Room Committed
    Special Events Room / Multi-Purpose Room / Study Hall Committed
    Individual Lockers (120 available)  
    Get Involved

    Give Now to the Football Facility

    Your contribution allows Blazer student-athletes to enjoy the benefits of an elite-level facility, while positioning UAB Football to flourish. Capital gifts are tax-deductible, and a pledge to UAB Football facilities can be fulfilled over a multi-year period. Naming opportunities are available.

    Purchase Your 2017 Football Season Tickets

    Order your season tickets today to guarantee your place in history for the return of UAB Football.

    Become an Honorary Coach

    The UAB Football Excellence Fund has been established within the UAB Athletics Foundation to provide supplemental assistance to our program. Supporters of the UAB Football Excellence Fund will be known as Honorary Coaches in acknowledgement of the integral role they play in taking UAB Football to a championship level.