Alabama followers circled this one on the calendar a very long time in the past. Jimbo Fisher’s Texas A&M Aggies go to Tuscaloosa this week for a hug SEC West showdown, with the Tide seeking to avenge final 12 months’s lone common season loss.
The climate forecast seems to be good for a college football Saturday on the Capstone, so let’s everybody take pleasure in ourselves for what seems to be like an all-day affair with the Tide taking part in in primetime on CBS.
There are Bryant-Denny Stadium changes: What Alabama fans should know for 2022, together with the introduction of alcohol gross sales within the venue. Right here’s what it’s worthwhile to learn about gameday on the Capstone this week.
GATES OPEN: 4:30 p.m.
WALK OF CHAMPIONS: 5 p.m.
ELEPHANT STOMP: 6 p.m.
KICKOFF: 7 p.m.
Friday: Sunny skies with a excessive close to 84, adopted by clear skies and an in a single day low round 54.
Saturday: Sunny skies with a excessive close to 76, adopted by clear skies and an in a single day low round 46.
Sunday: Sunny skies with a excessive close to 77, adopted by clear skies and an in a single day low round 50.
How did the hype for this recreation lose its luster? As quickly as Jimbo Fisher went off on Nick Saban again in Could, everybody instantly circled Oct. 8 on the schedule and braced for an additional mega-showdown recreation of the century-like ambiance. We predicted ESPN’s “College GameDay” and/or SEC Community’s “SEC Nation” would choose campus to preview an absolute showdown Saban and his former assistant Fisher.
Maybe it’s as a result of they insisted it’s all water beneath the bridge. Or maybe it’s as a result of the Aggies misplaced to Appalachian State and Mississippi State, and this recreation doesn’t have the identical oomph we thought it did preseason.
Regardless, it’s an enormous recreation. Alabama seems to be to remain undefeated and avenge the 2021 loss in College Station, the Tide’s solely common season blemish on their method to the College Soccer Playoff. Bama is an enormous favourite, says Vegas, however what did that imply final 12 months when A&M punched them within the mouth and walked away with an upset victory? Saban as soon as once more reminded us of all of the rat poison that may distract his workforce heading right into a recreation everybody else expects them to win. The Aggies can save their season with a win in Tuscaloosa. Alabama can not give attention to revenge or Jimbo and Saban’s summer time spat.
Apart from, the Tide could not even have their beginning quarterback beneath heart as Bryce Younger recovers from a shoulder damage suffered in opposition to Arkansas. Will Jalen Milroe get his first profession begin? Will we see extra fireworks from Jahmyr Gibbs? Will Texas A&M have one other quick begin in opposition to Pete Golding’s protection? We’ll discover out beneath the lights Saturday evening.
Starting in 2022, all factors of sale at Alabama athletics occasions for concessions and retail shall be cashless. Followers with money can change for a Fancard in $20 increments in two areas within the stadium: Decrease Stage (first Ground), Part AA (close to Concession S126); and Higher Stage (eighth Ground), Part NN-8 (close to Concession N804).
Every location could have a workforce member to help visitors who require this service. UA mentioned Fancards are a preloaded Mastercard with no activation charges. These can’t solely be used at stadium concessions but in addition anyplace Mastercard is accepted.
Alabama Athletics now sells beer and wine at choose sporting occasions.
The vast majority of concessions areas supply beer and wine, and extra transportable stations are arrange on the 100, 200 and 800-level concourses. Company have to be 21 to buy and present legitimate proof of identification. IDs are checked at time of buy, and there’s a restrict of two alcoholic drinks per transaction. Gross sales of beer and wine concludes on the completion of the third quarter.
UA mentioned alcohol bought within the stadium concourses can’t be introduced into or out of a premium seating space, and all alcohol bought at sporting occasions have to be consumed on the venue and is probably not carried out “beneath any circumstances.”
Concession stands are situated all through the concourses of Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Crave trailer is about up alongside the Stroll of Champions as a pre-entry eating choice.
Reminder: All concession transactions shall be cashless.
ASAP shall be out there for cellular ordering at choose portables all through 100, 200 and 800-level concourses. Yow will discover QR codes with a hyperlink to order and choose up concessions objects out of your smartphone all through the stadium.
And, people…they’ve a $14 big pretzel now. Folks shopping for and gobbling them up on the Louisiana-Monroe recreation, so if you wish to indulge, seize one early.
Tailgating on the Quad is allowed in 2022. Free Quad tailgating is situated on the west facet of the Quad. Reservations should not required. Quad tailgate provide drop-off is situated on Colonial Dr. and is open throughout the next occasions: Friday at 6-8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m. till midday (for Texas A&M). Followers are permitted quarter-hour to unload gear and exit Colonial Drive. View the Quad drop-off map. The UA Gameday Data tent is situated on the nook of ninth Avenue and College Boulevard.
Yow will discover the next meals vehicles alongside sixth Avenue on campus this Saturday:
- Jim ‘N Nick’s
- Full Mon BBQ
- A Little Some Further
- La Mexicana
- Honey’s Kitchen
In 2020, ticketing and parking went mobile-only, offering a secure fan expertise with fast and handy entry on gameday through the pandemic. UA mentioned cellular ticketing will cut back the chance of misplaced, stolen or counterfeit tickets whereas offering the flexibility to simply handle, switch or promote your tickets anytime out of your smartphone, so the system will stay in impact.
You’ll be able to handle their tickets on their smartphone through the Alabama Crimson Tide cellular app or on-line at RollTide.com/MyAccount. UA encourages followers to obtain their tickets earlier than gameday. Previous to reaching the Bryant-Denny gates, followers can open their digital pockets on their smartphone, choose their recreation tickets or parking passes, and maintain their smartphone close to the scanner for entry.
UA famous that “Print-at-House” tickets (PDF copies) are not out there, and cellular tickets are solely legitimate when offered on a smartphone. Printed copies of QR codes won’t be accepted. When you shouldn’t have a smartphone, you possibly can contact the Alabama Athletics TIDE PRIDE/Ticket Workplace earlier than gamedays for choices.
UA additionally introduced some new upgrades to cellular ticketing in 2022. The switch course of will now let you make the most of your telephone contacts when transferring tickets by the Alabama Crimson Tide cellular app. Additionally, there’ll not be a switch expiration, and you’ve got the flexibility to higher observe your transfers with a primary and final title related to all transfers. Ticket purchasers may fast obtain their recreation tickets through the use of our new “Add All” function.
Ticketholders can switch their tickets to somebody within the occasion they’re unable to attend a recreation. Ticketholders (excluding UA college/employees and college students) can nonetheless put up their tickets on StubHub.
METAL DETECTORS / CLEAR BAG POLICY
UA could have walk-through metallic detectors in any respect gates of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Followers don’t have to take away sneakers or belts to stroll by the metallic detectors.
Alabama can even proceed to implement its clear bag coverage within the curiosity of public security and to considerably expedite entry into Bryant-Denny Stadium. The one non-clear plastic bag followers can carry into Bryant-Denny is a small clutch purse no bigger than 4 1/2 inches-by-6 1/2 inches. If any bigger, the baggage have to be clear and plastic. Followers may herald one-gallon clear plastic freezer luggage, just like Ziploc luggage you purchase on the grocery retailer. Learn more about the clear bag policy.
It’s starting to chill off now that autumn has arrived, however seasoned Alabamians know we’re not out of the woods but. UA desires that can assist you keep cool on gamedays. Cooling stations will embrace water monsters, followers, shaded seating, sunscreen and first assist employees are situated on the following areas:
- Decrease Stage (first Ground) Sections G, AA & LL
- Decrease Stage (second Ground) Sections D, Okay, BB & MM
- Higher Stage (eighth Ground) Part SS-10 First Help Room
Water Monsters that includes 150-gallon tanks of chilly filtered water are situated all through Bryant-Denny Stadium to help followers in staying cool and hydrated. Followers are permitted to carry empty, non-glass, bottles/cups inside to replenish on the varied water stations. Small cups can even be offered subsequent to the canister.
- Decrease Stage (first Ground): Sections G, LL, AA & Gates 7, 30, 38 & 59
- Decrease Stage (second Ground): Sections D, Okay, BB, MM, S-8
- Higher Stage (eighth Ground): Sections NN-1, NN-14, SS-1, SS-14
The Cottondale and 216 routes are greatest for followers touring from Birmingham and parking on the east facet of campus.
The I-359 route is greatest for followers touring from Birmingham or west of Tuscaloosa and parking downtown or on the west facet of campus.
The McFarland route is greatest for followers touring from Birmingham and parking on the east facet of campus.
Starting three hours previous to kickoff, or earlier if deemed needed by regulation enforcement, the core campus space shall be closed to by visitors. A correct UA Gameday allow is required to entry the restricted space. The core of campus shall be re-opened roughly 2.5 hours postgame. Learn more.
Interstate 20/59 development has been accomplished and mustn’t intervene with gameday visitors for the 2022 football season. Jack Warner Parkway is closed at Greensboro Avenue for the season. UA encourages followers leaving campus through Jack Warner Parkway to journey eastbound and make the most of McFarland Boulevard to I-20/59.
Jack Warner Parkway is closed at Greensboro Avenue for the 2022 season. Followers leaving campus through Jack Warner Parkway are inspired to journey eastbound and make the most of McFarland Blvd. to I-20/59.
Public parking is situated on the east facet of campus and is $30 per recreation or $200 for the season. Followers are inspired to buy their parking upfront of coming to campus online. Downtown Tuscaloosa shuttle begins at 8 a.m. on the Intermodal Facility (seventh Road and twenty third Avenue), the place parking is free. Shuttle is $1 spherical journey and 50 cents for seniors. College Mall shuttle begins at 7 a.m. and is $15 spherical journey. Concludes one hour post-game.
UA parking tons open at 7 a.m. Crimson Journey shuttles are free from the east campus parking areas. Begins at 7 a.m., concludes 90 minutes post-game. For extra parking info, go to the UA Gameday website.
Have you ever snapped a selfie with Tuska but? The elephant statue has landed. The College of Alabama just lately relocated of a seven-ton, 19-foot elephant statue named Tuska to the nook of College Boulevard and Wallace Wade Avenue, the place the Strip meets campus — not removed from close to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The statue depicts the elephant wanting skyward along with his two entrance ft barely off the bottom and trunk absolutely prolonged. It measures 19 ft, 1 inch to the tip of the trunk.
You may as well comply with UAGameday on Twitter for fixed updates about this weekend’s festivities.
The Will Name window will open at 3 p.m. and is situated between Gates 32 and 33 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. All gates open at 4:30 p.m. Will Name home windows had been added to the northeast nook of Bryant-Denny Stadium close to Gate 59, which can service each the media and visiting workforce participant visitors.
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FRIDAY, Oct. 7
SATURDAY, Oct. 8
Parking Tons Open
Shuttle Service Begins
9 a.m. till 6 p.m.
Bryant Museum open
Autograph session with honorary captains Barrett Jones and Damion Sq. (Bryant Museum)
Coca-Cola Kickoff Zone open
Crimson Tide Sports activities Community Fan Fest (Meals distributors: Fats Charles BBQ, Dixieland Funnel Muffins)
Autograph session with honorary captains Barrett Jones and Damion Sq. (Hibbett Sports activities Tent/Coca-Cola Kickoff Zone)
Staff autographs: Alabama baseball (Denny Chimes)
Campus street closures
Stroll of Champions
Kickoff vs. Texas A&M (CBS)