“We are extremely excited about the SEC Network and the opportunity to have so many of our meets televised and streamed live,” Alabama Coach Dana Duckworth said. “At Alabama, we are proud to have the best fans in the country filling up Coleman Coliseum every time we open the doors and we look forward to continuing that tradition this season. Now we also have a chance to reach an even broader national audience on meet night, giving our fans who aren’t within driving distance of Tuscaloosa a chance to see what a magical place our arena is on a Bama gymnastics Friday night.”
Due to the timeline the SEC Network has put in place for both live and streamed events, Alabama is moving the start time of its home events to 30 minutes prior to the televised and streamed start time so fans can enjoy all the activities and festivities that are the hallmark of a Crimson Tide gymnastics meet in Coleman Coliseum while staying within the network mandated start time.
“The SEC Network provides all our teams with unprecedented national exposure,” UA Associate Athletics Director Marie Robbins said. “With that exposure, comes a different timeline for our events. Our fans will want to be in Coleman Coliseum at the published start time so as not to miss out on the Bama Fan Experience – pre-meet entertainment, exciting fan giveaways and the team’s traditional lights-out introductions with videos, music and fireworks. Alabama Gymnastics meets are synonymous with ‘Fun, Family Fridays’ and stand among the best, most affordable entertainment for families and students.”
Alabama’s Jan. 23 home meet against defending NCAA Co-Champion Florida will be televised live on the SEC Network starting at 7 p.m. with the Bama Fan Experience starting at 6:30 p.m. The Tide’s Feb. 6 home meet against LSU will also be televised live with the Bama Fan Experience starting at 7:30 p.m. and the broadcast starting at 8 p.m. Alabama’s home meet against Auburn (Feb. 6) will be shown on a taped delay basis on ESPN2 (Feb. 8) and ESPNU (Feb. 10).
The Tide’s home meets against Arizona (Jan. 9), Boise State (Feb. 13) and defending NCAA Co-Champion Oklahoma will be streamed live on SEC Network Plus with the Bama Fan Experience starting at 7 p.m. CT and the online broadcast starting at 7:30 p.m. The Tide’s meets at Arkansas (Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. CT) and Georgia (Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET) will also be broadcast live on the SEC Network, while Alabama’s meets at Kentucky (Jan. 30) and Missouri (March 6) will be shown on a taped delay basis on the SEC Network.
The Southeastern Conference Championships will be shown on a taped delay basis on ESPNU on March 24 and on ESPN on March 28.