Bartow Arena is an 8,508-seat multi-purpose arena in Birmingham, Alabama. It is home to the UAB Blazers men's and women's basketball teams as well as the women's volleyball team. The arena is named after Gene Bartow, the coach who largely built the school's men's basketball program from scratch over the last quarter of the 20th century. UAB initially played their games at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex Arena, but moved its games to the on-campus facility beginning with the 1988-89 season.
Originally known as UAB Arena, the name was officially changed to Bartow Arena on January 25, 1997. UAB, currently a member of Conference USA, has enjoyed a great deal of success at Bartow Arena winning more than 80% of its games played there. The record attendance for Bartow Arena of 9,392 was set on February 16, 2008 when the Memphis Tigers came to Birmingham. Bartow Arena has been the site of many epic showdowns including a UAB victory over the 3rd-ranked Memphis Tigers in 2006. Bartow Arena is located on 6th Avenue South between 13th Street South and 14th Street South. #AL #Bartow_Arena_with_Greenery_UAB #Birmingham