UAB Homecoming 2021, “We Built This City on Green & Gold,” is Oct. 17-23

This year’s theme is “We Built This City on Green & Gold.” Highlights include the new gurney derby competition: Gurneys on the Green, Homecoming Parade and UAB Football versus Rice at the new Protective Stadium, at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

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homecoming 21.2Click graphic to enlarge.The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host Homecoming 2021 from Oct. 17-23 with a week of spirit and traditional activities to celebrate.

The UAB Homecoming Week 2021 theme is “We Built This City on Green & Gold.” Activities are hosted by the Blazer Spirit Council, UAB National Alumni Society, UAB Athletics, University Programs Board and more.

Homecoming events for 2021 include:

Hosted by the UAB National Alumni Society, the Gurney Derby Competition: Gurneys on the Green will take place on the Campus Green on Wednesday, Oct. 20. If you do not have the speed for UAB’s traditional Gurney Derby, this is your year. For Homecoming 2021, teams — of any size, from anywhere across campus — can decorate a gurney instead of sprinting with it. Sign up, bring the gang, and get crafty.

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From 9-11 a.m., participants will have one hour to prep and decorate the gurneys; judges are looking for a strong display of Blazer Spirit and use of the Homecoming theme. Once gurneys are decorated, judging will be open from noon-5 p.m. Both virtual and in-person votes will determine the winners: The gurneys voted top three best-decorated will compete in an online vote on the UAB Alumni website.

The winning gurneys will walk in the UAB Homecoming Parade, at noon Friday, Oct. 22. For the 2021 parade, Blazers will bring the theme “We Built This City on Green & Gold” to life on floats. No candy or food this year, but the parade will feature UAB swag. Parade-goers are encouraged to wear their masks and socially distance. The parade floats should inspire UAB spirit for the Birmingham community, and awards will include Most Creative Float Design, Best Use of Homecoming Theme and Best Display of Blazer Pride. 

* Lineup at 10 a.m.; judging at 11 a.m.; parade will begin at noon.
* The parade route is from 14th Street South, left on 10th Avenue South, left on 18th Street South, left on University Boulevard, and left to return to 14th Street South.

homecoming 21.3Buy your tickets to the UAB vs. Rice football game on Oct. 23 here.The Homecoming Game, UAB Football versus Rice University, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Protective Stadium. Parking and tailgate areas open six hours before kickoff. Blazer Village opens four hours prior to kickoff, and gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Students can pick up free tickets and reserved tailgate passes for UAB Football home games the preceding Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon at the Bartow Arena Box Office; a valid ONE Card is required. Tickets are $20-$45; to buy tickets visit uabsports.

All scheduled Homecoming Week activities follow the university’s approved COVID-19 protocols for events. The pandemic is a fluid situation that UAB is monitoring, in consultation with infectious disease and public health experts; performances will be subject to change based on the latest COVID-19 safety guidelines. With questions, contact or visit

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