BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Exciting news for country music and UAB Football fans alike– a free Sam Hunt concert will be held in Birmingham the night before the UAB Football program’s return.
According to UAB’s website, “Blazer fans will kick off a historic weekend with a free concert by country music star and former UAB quarterback Sam Hunt on Sept. 1 — the eve of #theReturn of UAB Football — in Birmingham’s Uptown Entertainment District. Tickets are free, but required, and will be available beginning 10 a.m. Aug. 4.”
Hunt will be the headliner for the concert which will also include Maren Morris and Ryan Follese as well as appearances by head coach Bill Clark and the UAB Football team.
“I love Birmingham and will always be a Blazer,” Hunt said in a release from the school. “I am honored to kick off the celebration of UAB Football with a big Friday night house party in Uptown. This return is an inspiration, and I’m ready to rock this city like UAB will rock (Alabama) A&M.”
The UAB House Party event has been in the works for almost a year, according to UAB Associate Vice President for Business Services Chris Clifford. He worked in coordination with coach Bill Clark, Iron City owner Steve DeMedicis, and Red Mountain Entertainment.
“Steve DeMedicis, a big UAB fan, had an idea, and when he brought it to me, he said, ‘What do you think about Sam Hunt kicking off the weekend?’ and I said, ‘You know, it’s funny, I’ve had that exact same thought,'” Clifford said. “What other university in the nation has an alumni like that: who not only played football but is now such a big star?”
“Here’s one of our own who is, obviously, just killing it, taking time out of his schedule, selling out concerts, to perform a free concert for our people, it really means a lot,” Clark said.
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