Alabama football fans won’t get to see as much of the Crimson Tide quarterback candidates as Coach Nick Saban and his staff do, but at least they’ll get to watch one practice and see the quarterbacks, wide receivers, cornerbacks, and all other positions prior to the start of the Bama season. That group of players will include the incoming freshmen.
That’s because Alabama will have its annual Fan Day on Sunday, Aug. 9. Crimson Tide practice is expected to begin in the first week of August on a date that has not yet been announced, but it has been revealed that there will be an open practice in Bryant-Denny Stadium from 2:30-4:30 p.m. CDT on Aug. 9, followed immediately by players and coaches being available on the field for autographs.
Saban has said that he expects all Bama players to be ready to practice with the exception of two who were injured in the spring – tailback Bo Scarbrough and wide receiver Cameron Sims. An interesting aspect of watching practice is observing how the coaches interact with the players.
On Aug. 9, fans may enter the stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. through gates 12 and 16 and occupy the lower bowl (sections A-N). The open practice, which is slated to start at 2:30 p.m., is scheduled to last approximately two hours. For security purposes, all items are subject to inspection as fans enter the stadium for both the practice and Fan Day activities.
Children attending can sign up for the Big Al's Kids Club and all fans can register for the Crimson Tide Rewards program outside the East side of the stadium at gate 45 beginning at 1:30 p.m.
At the conclusion of practice, those wishing to participate in Fan Day will enter the field through gate 45 and exit via the northeast and northwest field gates. Fans not wishing to view practice and would like to start lining up early can do so beginning at 1:30 p.m. Those fans can enter through gate 45.
Following practice, the Crimson Tide football team, coaching staff and head coach Nick Saban will be available for autographs on the field for 45 minutes. The gate to the field will be open once the autograph session has been set up. In an effort to facilitate as many autographs in the time allowed, fans will be limited to one item per person for autographs, and no posed photographs will be permitted.
Concessions vendors will be walking through the stadium with items for sale and the concession stands on the West side (field and mezzanine levels) will be open. Alabama merchandise will also be sold on Sunday and 3,000 autograph posters sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank will be given away.
Parking for Fan Day can be found in the West ten Hoor area of campus. There are two parking decks as well as surface lots that are available for your convenience. Parking for persons with disabilities is available on a first come, first served basis in the Communications card Lot and Wallace Wade Lots. No special accommodations will be made for recreational vehicles (RVs) on campus. All RVs should park at the Northington Lot near University Mall. Fans can go to www.rolltide.com for updates and other pertinent information.
In case of inclement weather, the Fan Day portion of the afternoon would be moved into Coleman Coliseum.
Alabama opens the 2015 football season Sept. 5 in Arlington, Texas, against Wisconsin.