No football? Checkout the Birmingham Bulls and Magic City Surge on January 4

Magic City Surge, a member of the ABA. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The college football season is nearly over, so now is the time to start switching to basketball and hockey in the Magic City.

Birmingham sports fans will have two opportunities to watch our pro teams in action on Saturday, January 4th.

Magic City Surge

The Magic City Surge, Birmingham’s semi-pro basketball team, will be taking on Central Georgia Rattlers at Wenonah High School’s gymnasium (2800 WILSON ROAD B’HAM,AL 35211). Tip-off is at 6:30.

Last month, I watched our Surge play their rivals from Nashville – Music City Jazz. If you love basketball, the Wenonah Dragons home court is a great place to see a game – upclose and near the action.  There isn’t a bad seat in the house. Perhaps, that’s why the Wenonah Boys won the 5A state championship in 2019.

Surge ownership – a first in Alabama

Magic City Surge is owned by Kimberly Meadows-Clark. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Surge is owned by Kimberly Meadows-Clark, the first African-American woman to own a professional franchise in Alabama.

Remember Dr. J?

One of the first things you’ll notice during a game is the red, white and blue ball.  The Surge is part of the old American Basketball Association – the ABA.  Even though much of the league was gobbled up by NBA in the 70s, the league that gave us Julius Erving (Dr. J) and George (Iceman) Ervin re-emerged in 1999.

Tickets are Available

Tickets are very reasonable, and kids under 17 can attend the games for free.   A family friendly venue, check it out.  Purchase tickets – HERE.

Birmingham Bulls

Birmingham Bulls 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

If you are looking for a chillier  winter sport which has big hits like football, go see the Birmingham Bulls take vs. Peoria Rivermen at the Pelham Civic Complex, 7:00pm.

Kid’s Jersey Night

Tonight, the first 1000 kids under 14 will be given a Bulls jersey.  Doors open at 6:00, so don’t miss this special event.

3rd Season

Birmingham Bulls radio legend Eli Gold. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The 2019/2020 season is the third since the Bulls returned to Birmingham after a 16 year hiatus. Last year, the team made it to SPHL Finals. Be prepared for some fun that includes singing James Taylor’s Sweet Caroline and Coke Can races on ice.  For Alabama football fans, you might even get to  see Crimson Tide broadcasting legend Eli Gold.

Get tickets today

Make sure to secure your tickets for the game tonight. Also, take a look at the rest of the schedule and promotions.  Visit – HERE.

  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.