UAB Homecoming 2016: Blazer Strong

Homecoming week is October 17-21

Blaze at the UAB Homecoming game
UAB students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends are invited to all Homecoming festivities throughout the week.

Traditional Events

Paint the Town

Join your fellow Blazers as we paint our community green and white (with gold accents)! Decorate the windows of buildings at UAB with Blazer Pride & Spirit for the week of Homecoming.

Spirit Displays

Show your artistic skills & Blazer Pride by decorating a display to be exhibited on the Campus Green for the week of Homecoming! Displays will stay up the week of Homecoming.

Blazer Hustle

Grab a team of friends and solve the clues to win Blaze’s twist on the Amazing Race.

Pancakes & Karaoke

UAB Homecoming: Pancakes and Karaoke
This annual favorite returns for late night fun and song. Get your best song ready to wow the crowd!

Building Decoration Competition

Schools and groups across the UAB campus will decorate the exterior of their buildings to showcase the selected Homecoming theme and ignite Blazer spirit. Visit here for details and registration.
Sponsored by UAB National Alumni Society

Green & Gold Games

Join us at Green & Gold Games, and show your skills in some classic field games like the three-legged race and dizzy bat pyramid!

Gurney Derby

Be a part of UAB’s most unique tradition! Dress up in your best costume and race a gurney down 13th Street.
Teams of four (two men and two women) race down and back on a stretch of 13th Street South while pushing a "passenger" on old hospital gurneys. Awards are handed out to the 1st and 2nd place teams, best-dressed gurney, most creative "passenger," and the "Dead Last Award." 
noon at 13th Street South between University Blvd and 10th Avenue South
Sponsored by UAB National Alumni Society

Blazer Cookout

Following the Gurney Derby, come enjoy BBQ lunch with other Blazer fans
12:30 p.m. at the Mini-park

Blazer Showdown

An ethusiastic crowd cheers during the Blazer Showdown
A UAB Homecoming tradition, sit back and let student teams show you their homecoming spirit through dancing, stomps, and skits.

Hoops on the Haasephalt Ehsanphalt?

Kick off backetball season with this annual event. A full size basketball court will be erected on the Green. And that is only the beginning. Mr. & Ms. UAB winners will be announced during the event.

UAB Homecoming Bonfire at Blaze the Night

Blaze the Night & Fight Song Competition

Immediately following the Hoops event, the Fight Song Competition will start followed by a real, live bonfire.

Health and Safety Fair Dorm Burn

Health & Safety Fair

There will be health and safety displays and presentations in addition to free food and drinks, music, free T-shirts, and giveaways. A Fire Safety Demonstration involving the burning of full-scale models of residence hall rooms will follow the Homecoming Parade (approximately 1 p.m.).
11 a.m. on the Campus Green
Sponsored by UAB Occupational Health and Safety

Homecoming Parade

A 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 demonstrating their Blazer pride and spirit and compete for first place.
noon through the streets of UAB campus


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.

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:
Sarah L Salzmann

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.

UAB - Jacksonville Homecoming ticket from 1979