BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It’s homecoming weekend for the No. 1 football program in Conference-USA.
UAB has been on fire since the Blazers returned to the field last season. But how much love will the Blazer nation show their squad tomorrow?
Elliot Brindley is a die-hard Blazer fan.
"Yeah, I've got a lucky shirt from about 20 years ago," says Brindley.
Friday, he tweeted out "We need 50,000 loud and proud UAB fans tomorrow night!"
"I have a lot of fans on twitter. Try to stir things up," says Brindley.
And this isn't just any game.
“We’ve only ever been 5-1 one other time. We’re on the verge of doing something great," he said.
Brindley believes 50,000 fans will make the difference.
You might remember UAB’s football program was shut down in 2014 due to dwindling athletic finances. The program came back just last year, where a record-breaking 45,000 fans showed up. However, they averaged 26,000 the rest of the season. Still, the UAB athletic department thinks the number Saturday will be high.
“Obviously with Children’s Harbor tomorrow, the recognition there, we got a 1 vs. 2 battle with North Texas. I anticipate our greatest crowd of the year or up there with it," says UAB Senior Associate Athletic Director Brad Hardekopf.
He says the momentum keeps rolling. They’ve sold over 10,000 season tickets for the second year in a row.
"I was just hoping to try to get a few more thousand in there," says Brindley.
And with the nice weather we’re expecting tomorrow, who knows? We may all be saying, ‘Go Blazers!’