UAB’s Homecoming Week packed with fun, games, comedy

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2010, with a fun-filled week of games, activities, public service, parties, a parade and its first Homecoming comedy show featuring Seth Meyers from "Saturday Night Live."

asc_sethmeyers_newsiteThe theme this year is "Blazers: Branded for Life." More than 50 events are planned for students, alumni and the community, including UAB's famed tradition, the Gurney Derby, in which teams of four compete while racing a gurney down a course on 13th Street South. The Gurney Derby is one of many traditions and events sponsored and presented by the UAB National Alumni Society.

Homecoming Week celebration highlights also will include the Blazer Blowout carnival, Blazer Hustle scavenger hunt and spirit competition, annual Homecoming Stompdown song, dance and skit competition, Green and Gold Games, Blaze the Night bonfire and Fight Song Competition and the Mr. and Ms. UAB Scholarship competition.

Read all about student Homecoming preparations and events on the UAB student Homecoming 2010 blog at

Comedian Meyers is known for his dry, hilarious humor and as the "Weekend Update" host on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Meyers will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2 in UAB's Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $15 for students; $25 for the general public. For tickets, call 205-975-2787 or go to

The week will culminate with a showdown between the UAB Blazers and the Marshall Thundering Herd at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Legion Field, complete with the Blazer Walk, Blazer Village and tailgating.