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 
UAB Head Football Coach

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Impact
“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
”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
”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
“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.

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

  • Football-specific weight room

  • First-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 Committed 
East Outdoor Practice Field (Turf)  
Entrance Plaza Committed
Equipment Loading Yard Committed
   
First Floor  
Student Athlete Lounge Committed 
Locker Room  
Mud Room Committed 
Treatment and Taping Room Committed 
Physical Exam Room Committed 
Assistant Trainer Office Committed 
Head Trainer Office Committed 
Hydrotherapy Room Committed
Strength and Conditioning Room Committed
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 Committed 
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 Committed 
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.

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