Alaska Airlines Center Grand Opening

AlaskaAirlinesCenterThe newest arena in town – the Alaska Airlines Center – is opening! A state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, the Alaska Airlines Center will be a game changer for the University of Alaska Anchorage and a great asset to the community. The UAA Department of Athletics, along with various other groups, will host a 10-day-long Grand Opening celebration to showcase the new facility in all its glory. Come join in this monumental step for UAA, and be a part of the first-ever series of remarkable events at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Friday, Sept. 5 – Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

SpringHill Suites Volleyball Tournament

September 5, 2014
9:00am Saint Leo vs. Alaska Anchorage
1:00pm LIU Post vs. Saint Leo
7:00pm LIU Post vs. Alaska Anchorage

September 6, 2014
9:00am LIU Post vs. Alaska Anchorage
12:00pm Saint Leo vs. LIU Post
7:00pm Saint Leo vs. Alaska Anchorage

Get your tickets soon! More information here.

Have questions? Email [email protected]

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Grand Opening

4:00pm – 7:00pm
Admission: Free, open to the public

Be among the first to enter the doors of the Alaska Airlines Center on Friday, September 5, 2014. Join UAA as the ribbon is cut and the new center is dedicated and opened for our students and community. Come see the new 5,000-plus seat facility, enjoy light refreshments and learn about the exciting things happening at UAA.

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Be sure to stick around for the SpringHill Suites Volleyball Tournament at 7:00p.m. to cheer on the Seawolves as they take on LIU Post.

More information here.

Have questions? Email [email protected]

Friday, Sept. 5 – Sunday, Sept. 7

Alumni Reunion

Registration required

Take a stroll down memory lane at the first ever UAA Athletics Alumni Reunion. Join former teammates for special receptions, a campus tour, BBQ pregame event, dinner and keynote address by renowned public speaker Bob Beaudine and much more!

Look for more information and how to register on coming soon.

For more information contact Tlisa Northcutt at [email protected] or907.786.1211.

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Youth Sports Day & Spirit Run

UAA 5K Spirit Run

Run begins at 10:00am
Cost: $5 for general public; Free for UAA students

Come show your UAA pride at the UAA 5k Spirit Run sponsored by UAA Student Activities with support from Subway. The run will wind approximately 5k through campus, starting and ending at the Alaska Airlines Center. Runners are encouraged to dress in green and gold. Food, refreshments, and entertainment will be provided following the run. The first one hundred runners to sign up will receive a complimentary UAA Spirit Run memorabilia t-shirt.

To register, visit UAATix (on sale soon!)

For more information, please contact Rachel Kampstra at 786-1272 [email protected]

McDonald’s Youth Sports Day

Get ready to amp up your game and refine your skills at the McDonald’s Youth Sports Day. UAA Men’s and Women’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics will be hosting clinics throughout the afternoon for youth ages 10-14 (5th through 8th grade). Student athletes and UAA coaches will be leading the skills clinics that will each last between 1.5 hours and 2.5 hours. Start times are still TBD. Registration is limited. Contact Rusty Osborne for more information at 786-1042.

More information and registration coming soon!

Have questions? Email [email protected]

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Taste of Alaska Charity Event

5:00pm – 8:00pm
Admission: $10 plus a can of food.
Tickets on sale August 20. Limited tickets available.

Are you a die-hard foodie? Do you love the local Anchorage eats? Join the Alaska Airlines Center for an evening of delicious foods from around the area. Local vendors and restaurants share favorite dishes and desserts.

Live chef demos from Head Chef Rob of Crush Bistro, Chef Reuben from the Crow’s Nest, and Chef Al from Kincaid Grill, as well as live music performed by Hot Club of Nunaka. Wines and local brews will be available for those of age. All ages welcome. Proceeds will benefit the UAA Emergency Food Fund. Please bring canned goods to be donated to the Food Bank of Alaska in honor of Nation Hunger Month.

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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

“Service Before Self”

6:00pm – 9:00pm Admission: Free, open to the public “Service Before Self” is an evening dedicated to our Alaska first responders and military. This event is sponsored by UAA Department of Athletics and the Military & Veteran Student Services Office. There will be no speeches or ceremonies. In addition to an art exhibit and silent auction (benefiting pre-determined non-profits like Healing Hearts & Fallen Heroes Memorial), there will be live music, and the opportunity to reflect on the importance of service to our community and country.

Have questions? Email [email protected]

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Drive-In Movie & Food Truck Rodeo

Presented by the Alaska Airlines Center
5:00pm – 12:00am
Admission: Free

The Alaska Airlines Center is excited to bring back the nostalgia of the drive-in movie with the style of the 21st century. Starting at 5:00pm, a rodeo of local food trucks will be located in the parking lot of the arena for your dining pleasure. At sundown (approximately 9pm), we will project a movie (title TBA soon!) onto the face of the new Alaska Airlines Center! Sound will be broadcasted through FM radio, as well as speakers for those that are planning to join on foot. Food trucks and vendors will be serving throughout the movie.

More details and RSVP here.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

The Alabama Shakes

Presented by the UAA Concert Board with support from Alaska Airlines

General Admission: $49.50 (on sale July 15, 2014)
Student Admission: $28 (on sale August 20, 2014)*
* Student tickets only available at the Alaska Airlines Center Box Office

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Alabama Shakes combine the old and the new to lay down gritty, bass-heavy rhythms for a perfect Southern cocktail. Fronted by the powerful songstress Brittany Howard – NPR calls her “a young woman living in the now, wrapping her arms around a tradition without letting it carry her away” – the band makes their Alaska debut this September as a part of the grand opening celebration for the new Alaska Airlines Center.

Hailing from the small town of Athens, Alabama, the foursome came together in 2009 while Howard was still in high school. After experimenting with such diverse musical styles as soul, country and progressive rock, the newly christened “Shakes” started playing soulfully raw music that gained high critical praise upon arrival. The band changed their name soon after and quickly emerged on the radar as a true soul gem of the South.

The band released their self-titled four-song EP in September 2011, which immediately gained widespread attention. The Observer wrote that the band’s songs “demonstrate a deep sympatico with the classics, cut through with first-hand feeling.” The band has 3 Grammy nominations under their belt, along with numerous television appearances including, the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Austin City Limits and Saturday Night Live. Rolling Stone magazine listed the Alabama Shakes as 16th best live acts on their latest “50 Top Live Acts Right Now” list. Their “Hold On” music video has nearly topped 10 million views on YouTube. See it here.

With opening band, The Whipsaws, presented by KRUA 88.1FM.

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Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014


Anchorage’s first annual local music & art festival

1:00pm – 11:00pm
Admission: This event is FREE from 1:00pm-6:00pm and $10 admission ($5 for UAA students) from 7:00pm-11:00pm. Buy tickets now

Presented by the Alaska Airlines Center, the Howlapalooza Music and Arts Festival will feature two stages, DJ booth, arts and craft vendors, food carts, and over 10 hours of live music by local artists!

Local music acts include: Ghost Hands, The Rebel Blues Band, Thera, Turquoise Boy, Anna Lynch Band, Yngvil Vatn Guttu, Hot Dish, Sophia Street, Emma Hill and more to be announced soon!

Local DJs include: DJ Spencer Lee, Alex the Lion, Laserwolf, and Rikki Tikki

Howlapalooza is proudly sponsored by UAA Student Activities.

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