Homecoming

Homecoming 2014 dates and theme will be released at a later date. Look for more details by April 2014.

Main Events


Paint the Town: Join your fellow Blazers as we paint our community green and white (with gold accents). You will have the chance to paint windows across campus and into the city
and bring out that Blazer pride and spirit.

Blazer Hustle: As a part of the UAB Homecoming Spirit Competition, participants rush around campus in a scavenger hunt like activity to find answers to tricky UAB trivia and compete against their fellow Blazers.

UAB Homecoming Pancakes and KaraokePancakes & Karaoke: For a night of fun, students are fed a late night breakfast and get to chow down on some yummy breakfast food as they sing the night away.

Homecoming Comedy Show: To add a bit of flair and entertainment to the week of Homecoming, a comedy show is presented at Alys Stephens Center. Last year, the Reno 911 Stars entertained the crowd and the years prior were Ross Matthews and Seth Meyers.

UAB Gurney DerbyGurney Derby: Brought to you by the National Alumni Society, dress up in your best costume and race a gurney down 13th Street. Whether you win 1st Place or come in “Dead Last,” come out and be a part of one of UAB’s oldest traditions.

Stompdown: Showcase your rhythm and dance moves on stage during UAB Homecoming’s Stompdown Stepshow competition, or come out to show your support for those who do.

UAB Homecoming Bonfire at Blaze the Night Blaze the Night: A Homecoming Tradition, Blaze the Night, UAB’s take on a bonfire and pep rally is a fan favorite. Students, alumni, staff and faculty alike enjoy Fight Song performances by student groups, and the glow of the bonfire, as well as performances by the UAB Spirit Squads and the Marching Blazers. The UAB Football players also join us to say a few words.

UAB Homecoming ParadeParade: The highlight of the week, the UAB Homecoming Parade, draws hundreds of viewers from all over Birmingham. Student Organizations, Campus Departments, and organizations from the Birmingham Metro area take the time to design floats and compete for first place.

Homecoming Game: Watch as the UAB Blazers battle it out with their opponent at Legion Field.

For Students


UAB Cheerleaders in the Homecoming ParadeUAB Students, Staff, and Faculty all have the ability to dive in and enjoy all of the Homecoming Festivities. All are welcome to all of the Homecoming festivities throughout the week.

Students and UAB Registered Student Organizations have the ability to get involved in all aspects of UAB Homecoming Week. Individual Student and Organizations can be involved by coming out and supporting all the events, as well as submitting an application to be a part of the Spirit Competition.

The components of the Spirit Competition are as follows:
  • Paint the Town
  • Spirit Display
  • Blazer Hustle
  • Green & Gold Games
  • Stompdown Stepshow
  • Blood Drive
  • Fight Song Competition
  • Homecoming Parade

Stay tuned for details regarding participating in the 2014 UAB Homecoming Spirit Competition.

For Alumni


Classic UAB Homecoming photoAlumni, interested in coming back and celebrating UAB Homecoming with us? For details on special events, please visit UAB Alumni Affairs.

Annual Homecoming Building Decoration Competition
The NAS will tour campus to view the building decorations displayed by different colleges and groups around UAB. The building decorations featured around the year’s theme will be judged by a panel and the 1st Place – 4th Place winners will be announced Saturday morning in Blazer Village outside Legion Field before the homecoming game.

Gurney Derby
Brought to you by the National Alumni Society, dress up in your best costume and race a gurney down 13th Street. Whether you win 1st Place or come in “Dead Last,” come out at noon on the Wednesday before the Homecoming game to be a part of one of UAB’s oldest traditions.

Parade
The UAB Homecoming Parade, held at noon on the Friday prior to the game, draws hundreds of viewers from all over Birmingham. Student Organizations, Campus Departments, and organizations from the Birmingham Metro area take the time to design floats and compete for first place.

National Alumni Society Tailgate
The NAS hosts a tailgate before the game in Blazer Village (across from Gate 17) at Legion Field. The tailgate if FREE to all NAS members and attendees with UAB campus ID cards.

Mr. and Ms. UAB Scholarship Competition
The presentation of the winners of the 2014 Mr. and Ms. UAB Scholarship Competition will be during halftime of the homecoming game. Mr. and Ms. UAB will be crowned and will each receive a $2,500 scholarship. The first alternates will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Further questions – please contact:
Heather McGowan, Alumni Affairs Specialist
hmcgowan@uab.edu
205-934-3555

Homecoming History


uab-homecoming-bonfireThe first Homecoming was celebrated at UAB during the 1979 Men’s Basketball Season. On the 27th of January, 1979, UAB gained full membership as a Division I athletics program. As the UAB Blazers began their football program in the early 1990’s, UAB Homecoming Week has taken place during the Fall semester. In conjunction with the National Alumni Society, the Student Activities Council (S.A.C.), the programming council housed in the Office of Student Activities, plans the festivities of the week of Homecoming.

Each year, Homecoming kicks off with students painting the campus and town Green & Gold to show their Blazer Spirit. The week rounds out with a Homecoming Parade through campus the Friday before the game. You can find further information regarding Paint the Town and the Homecoming parade as well as other events in our Main Events Section.

UAB - Jacksonville Homecoming ticket from 1979

Contact Us


Questions about Homecoming? Contact homecoming@uab.edu