Blazers vs. Bears: UAB football kicks off season September 3

UAB Blazers running onto the field in 2019. Photo via UAB Atheltics

Ready, set, HIKE! Be prepared to watch the UAB football team go against Central Arkansas at Legion Field this Thursday, September 3 at 7PM. The game will air on ESPN3 and we’re crossing our fingers for as many touchdowns as times you’ve heard the word “unprecedented” in the last six months.

Bring it on šŸˆ

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Wide receiver Collin Lisa runs with the ball. Photo via UAB Athletics

To play or not to playā€”that was the question. We speculated just over a month ago, hemmed and hawed, but the decision is here and you can watch the team battle it out for a win tomorrow night.

  • When: Thursday, September 3 at 7PM
  • Where: Legion Field, 400 Graymont Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204
  • Watch: ESPN3 | Listen: 94.5 FM

With the Protective Life Stadium underway, it’s possible this will be the last year UAB Football plays at Legion Field before heading to a new home. The team plans on renting the stadium for $10-25K per game. View the 2020 football schedule.

Let’s check out the competition šŸ”„

As the Blazers step foot on the field fresh off being 2019 C-USA West Division Champions, the Bears are 1-0 for the 2020 season. They received a 24-17 victory over Austin Peay last Saturday, August 29, during the FCS Kickoff Classic.

Gameday precautions + protocols

We won’t see pre-game tailgates in the parking lot or some of the traditional fall football activities this year. But, it’s worth it if it means watching the Blazers dominate a season at Legion Field. You can read the full list of guidelines for what to expect, including ticketing and transportation.

Celebrate safely šŸ‰

Good People Brewing
Good People beer and a September afternoon watching footballā€“things almost feel normal. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

If you’re not headed to the game, grab your safer-at-home crew and celebrate the kick-off at Good People Brewing. The brewery is showing the game and hosting a 6-ft apart tailgate with all of the essentialsā€”beer, food and games.

  • When: Thursday, September 3 starting at 4PM. Game on the TVs at 7PM
  • Where: Good People Brewing Company, 114 14th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Before you go: All social distancing measures will be adhered for the event. Masks are required and plenty of space is available to enjoy the day safely.

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