A-Day Game To Be Played April 16

You know you're going to be there with 90,000 or so of your best friends. Alabama has made it official. This year's spring football game, the A-Day Game, will be in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, April 16. In recent years Alabama has earned national attention because of the turnout of Crimson Tide fans for what is, essentially, a scrimmage.

Alabama is expected to begin spring practice on March 21, the day following spring break at The University. There will be 15 practices, including the A-Day Game.

There will be no admission charge. Kickoff is tentatively set for 2 p.m. CDT. Information on television coverage and events surrounding A-Day will be announced.

Last season's A-Day Game was televised nationally by ESPN with a then-capacity crowd of 91,312 looking on at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Over the last four seasons, Alabama leads the country in spring game attendance with a combined total of 345,700 fans attending the event since 2007, an average of 86,425. With the recently completed expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium to a capacity of 101,821 the possibility exists of an even larger crowd in 2011.

In 2007, a capacity crowd of 92,138 filled the stadium. In 2008, 78,200 fans attended the spring game. In 2009, Alabama attracted 84,050 despite the game being nationally televised by ESPN. In 2010, a capacity crowd of 91,312 filled the stadium as ESPN again televised the event. (The capacity was slightly less in 2010 as construction was continuing on the expansion of the stadium.)

Alabama Coach Nick Saban and numerous prospects have commented on how the large attendance at A-Day is a positive influence in recruiting.

One event that will take place prior to the A-Day Game is Bama's 2010 captains -- quarterback Greg McElroy, and returning players linebacker Dont'a Hightower and safety Mark Barron -- will put their hand- and foot-prints in the concrete walk around Denny Chimes.

And if one had to guess, expect the unveiling of a statute in the plaza at the North end zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium. The plaza has the statues of National Championship coaches Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Paul Bryant, and Gene Stallings -- all members of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. Bama has one more national championship coach (and future Hall of Fame member) in Saban.

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