Gridiron Bash Is Cancelled

MSL Sports and Entertainment announced Saturday that it has cancelled all Gridiron Bash events scheduled for Friday, April 11, including the event slated to take place at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Gridiron Bash representatives notified the University of Alabama of the cancellation late Friday.

Alan Jackson had been scheduled to play in Bryant-Denny Stadium the night before the Alabama football team's spring A-Day Game. Similar acts were scheduled at some 18 major colleges to be held the night before spring games.

"While we are very disappointed that the Gridiron Bash has been cancelled, we very much appreciate the tremendous support of our fans," said UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore. "Our ticket office will issue ticket refunds very soon."

The University of Alabama was leading all participating schools in fan voting on the event. The top three universities with the highest number of votes/points determined by a combination of event attendance (70 percent) and fan voting (30 percent) were to share a total of $1,750,000 for scholarships. The winning school was to receive $1,000,000 for the general scholarship fund, the second-place institution was to receive $500,000 and the third-place school was slated to receive $250,000.

The event was to feature a pep rally with Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban, the Alabama football team, the Million Dollar Band and cheerleaders, followed by the concert.

Specific details regarding refunds via the Alabama Athletic Ticket Office will be released as soon as they are determined.

Although the promoter said the event was being cancelled because of NCAA issues regarding student-athletes being involved, there had also been reports that ticket sales were far below what was needed to make the event successful.

The report from the promoter said there would be no billing for those who made the text message votes.

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