A-Day in Tuscaloosa Coming Next Weekend
The Alabama A-Day Game, is next weekend and the Wild Bill Show is getting you ready today. Kick is scheduled for a 2 p.m. (CT) kick on April 22 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day game is the 15th and final practice of the spring. Gates open at 11 a.m. and admission will once again be free to the public and 95.3 The Bear will be LIVE!!!
It will be the program’s 11th A-Day Game under the direction of five-time national championship coach Nick Saban. The 2017 Golden Flake A-Day Game that will be televised on ESPN by Kirk Herbstreit, Joe Tessitore, Joey Galloway and Laura Rutledge calling the game from field level.
Game day will get started with the Mercedes-Benz Fan Fest, which will open at 8 a.m. adjacent to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Fan Fest will feature free giveaways, musical entertainment, sampling events, the Coca-Cola Kids Zone, live radio remotes, vehicle displays, the annual UA athletic apparel/game program sale and other fun fan activities open to the general public. Numerous food vendors will be open on the Walk of Champions Plaza starting at 10 a.m.
As a special tribute to Coach Saban’s first 10 seasons at Alabama, national championship trophies, SEC championship trophies, Heisman trophies, and all other individual national award trophies will be on display for photos under a number of sponsor tents. Former Alabama football players will also be in attendance signing free autographs in the Fan Fest
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The Alumni Flag Football Game begins at 11:30 a.m. inside Bryant-Denny Stadium and will feature former Alabama standouts. The game is slated for two 20-minutes halves and should wrap up around 12:15 p.m.
One of the great traditions at the University of Alabama, which is always open to the public, is the annual Walk of Fame Ceremony at Denny Chimes. At approximately 12:15 p.m. on A-Day, head coach Nick Saban and 2016 captains Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, Eddie Jackson and Cam Robinson will address the crowd. The captains will then leave prints of their hands and cleats in the concrete as they join a long list of Crimson Tide greats at Denny Chimes.
The Crimson Tide will hold its Walk of Champions scheduled for 12:50 p.m. when the team arrives at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This year’s halftime entertainment will feature the Alabama Dodgeball Challenge with former Crimson Tide players squaring off in an entertaining competition.
Throughout the 2017 A-Day Game former Crimson Tide greats, including national award winners, captains and former SEC and national championship game MVPs from the Saban era will be recognized as we celebrate Saban’s decade of dominance in Tuscaloosa. Some of the Alabama’s best players over the last 10 years are also expected back for the A-Day game including, Derrick Henry, C.J. Mosley, Jonathan Allen, Amari Cooper, Rolando McClain, Andre Smith, Cam Robinson, Reuben Foster, Courtney Upshaw and many others.
Coach Saban will present the spring awards to the team at midfield at the conclusion of the game. Once the team has cleared the field, for the fourth straight year at A-Day, all fans will have postgame field access. Fans may enter through any of the four corner gates.
Alabama leads the nation in spring game attendance over the last 10 years with a total of 809,744 fans for an average of 80,974 fans per game during that period. The largest A-Day crowd in school history came in 2011 (92,310). In head coach Nick Saban’s first year of 2007, the stadium was at full capacity prior to expansion (92,138).
The Crimson Tide softball team hosts Washington on April 21-22, with the series getting underway Friday at 6 p.m. followed by a 4:30 p.m. first pitch from Rhoades Stadium Saturday.
Public parking for A-Day is free and first-come/first-serve with Crimson Ride shuttles running from the east side of campus to the Quad beginning at 11 a.m. There will also be buses running from the University Mall, beginning three hours prior to the game (11 a.m.). For more parking, traffic and A-Day information go to UAGameday.com.
Once again, Alabama’s clear bag policy will be in affect during the 2017 season beginning with the A-Day Game. The clear bag policy is in the best interest of public safety and significantly expedites entry into Bryant-Denny Stadium. The policy limits the size and types of bags that may be brought into the stadium by fans.
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