Benjamin Cohen

Alabama will have an open practice followed by autograph session Sunday

Early arrivals for Fan Day will receive wristbands allowing early entrance for autographs

One has to wonder if the baby needs a wristband. A few years ago, a family made unfortunate “news” with a race to the front of the autograph line in front of Nick Saban. The problem with this family is that it included a baby in a stroller being whipped down the middle of the football field at Bryant-Denny Stadium.


That autograph session – which is a part of the annual Fan Day – is Sunday, and 150 early arrivals will get special treatment for the post-practice autograph session.


Alabama will have an open practice in the stadium from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The autograph session on the field will begin about 4:45, after the field has been set up for fans to get autographs from players and coaches.


At 1 p.m., the first 150 fans in line at Gate 45 will receive numbered color-coded wristbands for early entrance to the post-practice autograph session. Fans receiving wristbands will need to report to Gate 25 (South field entrance) at 4 p.m. to begin lining up for the autograph session.


Fans may enter the stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. through gates 12, 16 and 45 and occupy the lower bowl (sections A-N and AA-NN). 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.


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 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 available. Parking for persons with disabilities is available on a first come, first served basis in the Communications 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.


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In case of inclement weather, the Fan Day portion of the afternoon would be moved into Coleman Coliseum.

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