BBVA Compass Bowl Event Guide
Legion Field, which serves as the home field for Conference USA's University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Blazers, is located at 400 Graymont Ave W., Birmingham, AL 35204. It opened in 1926 and has been the home of the Blazers since 1991. The current capacity stands at 71,594. The field surface is covered with SureTurf.
For 40 years, from 1948 through 1988, the field hosted the annual Iron Bowl between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers. When UAB started playing at the field, an upper deck with a new press box and 15 luxury suites was added. Premium seating areas are in Sections 9, 10, 11, and 12 on the West side of the stadium and sections 35 and 36 on the East.
400 Graymont Ave W.
Birmingham, AL 35204
There are various parking lots for fans that are located around the stadium. All money paid for parking should be given to the cashier at the entrance to the lot and not to the parking attendants. Game day parking is available starting at 9 a.m. The cost is $8 per vehicle. Fans taking up another space or erecting a tent will be charged an additional fee of $10. Those wanting to park earlier than 9 a.m. should enter Lot M. RVs are also accommodated in the parking area. These vehicles may park in Lot M. This lot opens up at 8 a.m. the day prior to the game. The cost is $20 per day with an additional charge of $8 is towing a vehicle. For those with disabilities, parking is available in Lot F.
Although tailgating is allowed, there is an additional charge of $8 for fans taking up an additional space. Because space is at a premium and parking attendants must help accommodate as many fans as possible in the parking areas, workers are told to park vehicles as close as possible and in a safe and orderly manner. Also, parking attendants must keep an adequate fire lane open between parking rows.
The following tailgating policies are in effect for the BBVA Compass Bowl:
- Tailgating is permitted outside your vehicle. Fans using additional parking space or setting up a tent will pay $10 per additional space.
- Those tailgating in a lot other than the one their vehicle is parked in will pay $10 for each additional space that they occupy.
- Prior to entering the parking lot, you must notify the cashier at the entrance to the lot that you wish to purchase tailgating space. The cashier will provide you with the number of parking tickets that correspond to the amount of space you'll be utilizing.
- When parking your vehicle, you must show the attendant your additional tickets in order to assure you're allotted the proper amount of space.
- As a security precaution, fans may not tailgate on the tarmac surrounding Legion Field.
- If you have special accommodations, please contact Kevin Moore in the Legion Field office at least 10 days before the game. Any additional questions regarding tailgating may also be directed to that office.
BBVA Compass Bowl Events:
Teams are announced in a press conference at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame during the second week of December. The bowl festivities kick into high gear in late December with a Kickoff Luncheon sponsored by the Monday Morning Quarterback Club at the Sheraton Birmingham. Two days before the game, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast, which is presented by Northwestern Mutual Financial Network of Alabama, is held in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom.
The day before the BBVA Compass Bowl there is a free public Street Festival and Pep Rally from in Birmingham at Historic Five Points South. The festival runs from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and the pep rally is held from 5:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. The day is sponsored by Five Points South Merchant Group.
Then morning of the game, Fan Zone, a celebratory gathering, takes place outside of Legion Field. This is another free even that open to the public. After the game, Lakeview presents the Post Game Party in the Lakeview Entertainment District located at 29th South Street. It is the third free event associated with the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame: The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame features insightful information, historic artifacts and entertaining displays on close to 50 inductees. Tickets cost between $2 and $5. Location: 2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, AL. Telephone: (205) 323- 6665. URL: http://www.ashof.org/
Riverchase Galleria: With over 200 quality shops, first-rate lodging and fne restaurants, the Riverchase Galleria is one of the State's primary attractions. The trendy, unique setting features a nine-story glass atrium, verdant greenery and twirls of neon and splashes of decorative lights. This is a great place to shop, relax and dine. Location: 3000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, Alabama 35244. Telephone:(205) 985-3020. URL: http://www.riverchasegalleria.com/
Buffalo Wild Wings: Wings, wraps, ribs, burgers, salads and more are available at this reasonably priced family restaurant. There's a kid's menu and special football promotions. Alcoholic beverages are available. Location: 4507 Riverview Parkway #108, Birmingham, AL 35242-4821. Telephone: (205) 991-1955. URL: http://www.buffalowildwings.com/ .
Dreamland Barbecue: I'll have cheese fries, a full slab of ribs and some pork nachos. Oh, and a hefty side of coleslaw and another of baked beans! The menu is all BBQ with most items priced under $10.00. Bottled beer is available. Location: 1427 14th Ave,, South, Birmingham, AL 35205. Telephone: (205) 933- 2133. URL: http://www.dreamlandbbq.com/default.aspx?id=2
Michael's Steaks & Seafood: This quality establishment has been a part of Birmingham since 1953. They use only Certified Hereford Beef, fresh seafood and the finest ingredients. You'll find both a sports and piano bar. There's a wide selection of alcoholic beverages and mixed drinks. The atmosphere is casual and trendy. Location: Riverchase Galleria, 3340 Galleria Circle, Hoover, AL. Telephone: (205) 982-0144. URL: http://www.michaelssteaksandseafood.com/
Dave's Pub: This place emphasizes drinks and cigars (in that order). You'll find this pub in the city's Southside and inside you'll discover a large variety of beers on tap and in the bottle (over 100 different brands). They sell fine wine and cigars too. Don't plan on eating here. Location:1128 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205. Telephone: (205) 933- 4030. URL: http://www.davespubsouthside.com/default.aspx?id=9
Hooters: Hooters has tasty food and great service that's always delivered with a special smile. There's a full bar and menu that includes a variety of appetizers, a range of entrées and rich desserts. Location: Hooters of Homewood, 1278 Oak Grove Rd., Birmingham, AL. Phone: (205) 940-9145 URL: http://www.hooters.com/home.aspx