UAB fans and students plan to rally at UAH Charger hockey game
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The UAH Chargers hockey team has a game tonight against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves at 7 PM at the VBC Propst Arena.
Students and fans of UAB are hoping to make it a sellout game.
That’s because they want to use the game as a rally to help save three sports at UAB that were recently cut.
The connection to the Charger game is because supporters of #FreeUAB say the Chargers went through a similar situation in 2011.
That’s when the UAH hockey program was cut. The program was reinstated a few months later.
At UAB the Athletics Department and Board of Trustees recommended cutting the football, bowling, and rifle teams.
Members of the UAB football team have been protesting the decision since it was announced in November.
UAB fans are rallying to go to the charger game tonight and where UAB football gear, cheer loudly for UAH, and hold up signs during breaks and timeouts that say #FreeUAH & #FreeUAB.
UAB put out a statement saying the university already subsidizes $20 million of the roughly $30 million annual athletic department operating budget.
The athletic department decided, due to financial hardship from an operating and capital investment standpoint, football is not sustainable.