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Football Fan Day 2013
Hundreds of loyal football fans braved the heat Saturday for a chance to meet the UAB Blazers at The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds for Football Fan Day.
Coaches and players signed autographs and helped pep up their fans in anticipation of the 2013 season.
“What can we expect from the team this season? Expect wins”, said head coach Garrick McGee. His confidence was evident in the players as well.
Quarterbacks Austin Brown and Jonathan Perry both agreed, “This season is going to be a good one”. Quarterback Myles McKee said that his teammates and he were getting “fired up” for the upcoming games.
Offensive Line Brian O’Leary said, “Heck yeah, we’re ready!”, when asked about the upcoming football season.
The crowd of fans was a sea of green and gold as the UAB cheerleaders, majorettes, and marching band hosted a large pep rally at the center of the outlet stores.
Even the mascot, Blaze, attended the rally and danced his way through the crowd. Fans received football merchandise, tickets, and other items including personally signed season posters from both the offense and defense and were also given a chance to meet each player and the head coach individually.
The strength of the team’s community support was apparent as many of the players and fans greeted each other as friends and were highly responsive to one another. Coaches roamed the crowds, as well, including line coach John Petterson who greeted many fans in line for autographs.
The event was held from 11am to 1pm at The Outlet Shops of Grand River, who were generous enough to allow the distinctive shopping area to be used for the campus’ benefit. This is the first year that the annual Football Fan Day has been held at this location.
“We are always looking at new ways to expose our program to various communities around the Birmingham area,” said UAB Athletic Director Brian Mackin.
“One of Coach McGee’s priorities since he became head coach is connecting our football program with the city of Birmingham and surrounding areas.”
The outlet is home to more than 65 leading designer and top name brands and is located a short distance from Downtown Birmingham at Exit 140 along the I-20 growth corridor in Leeds, Ala.
The UAB football team opens the season at Troy on Aug. 31 and will play at LSU on Sep. 7.
The first home game is scheduled for Sep. 21 against Northwestern State at 2pm.
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Outlet info: http://www.shopsofgrandriver.com/info/about