Information Regarding Alabama Spring Game
One of the great traditions at the University of Alabama is the Walk of Fame ceremony to induct the 2008 captains. This will take place at 12:15 p.m. at Denny Chimes as those in attendance will hear from head coach Nick Saban and the captains from last year's 12-2 Alabama team – center Antoine Caldwell, safety Rashad Johnson and quarterback John Parker Wilson.
Gates will open at 11 a.m. and the first 10,000 fans to enter Bryant-Denny Stadium will receive a "Commemorative A-Day Poster" and a 2009 football schedule card. Fans are limited to one poster and schedule card per person (available at all gates) while supplies last.
This year will mark the inaugural A-Club 7-on-7 Classic flag football game. Players will be introduced at Bryant-Denny Stadium beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the game will begin at 12 noon.
The A-Day Spring Game format will be the same as it was last year with regular scoring and players divided into Crimson and White teams. At the end of the first quarter, Coach Saban will be presented with a $50,000 check from Liberty Mutual to Nick's Kids as the winner of their National Coach of the Year Award. In addition, Liberty Mutual will present another check for $20,000 to the University of Alabama Alumni Association's scholarship fund. At the end of the game, Coach Saban will present the spring awards at midfield.
Fans may check uagameday.com for updated information regarding parking, traffic and maps.
Over the last two seasons, Alabama leads the country in spring game attendance with a combined total of 170,338. UA set a college football record in the spring of 2007 as a capacity crowd of 92,138 watched head coach Nick Saban's first A-Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Last year's attendance of 78,200 led the SEC and was the second-largest in the country.
Q: What time will the gates open at Bryant-Denny Stadium and where can you enter?
A: Gates will open at 11 a.m. and all seating sections will be open. Fans may enter through all gates other than gates 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 29 on the South side of the stadium. Gates 18 and 28 will be available to access the South spirals with temporary walkways through the construction zones. There will be a pedestrian walkway to access the East and West sides on the South end of the stadium. Although the start of the construction will affect the availability of those South gates listed above, ALL seats in the stadium will be available.
Q: What roads will be open/closed around the stadium?
A: Traffic and campus road closings will be handled just as they are for a regular season game, but roads within the core campus area will begin closing at 10 a.m. on Saturday, four hours prior to kickoff. This is due to gates opening at 11 a.m. for the flag football game in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Those with parking passes within the closed off areas will be allowed through the blocked streets. These roads will re-open after the game at a time determined by law enforcement.
Q: How will parking be handled as compared to a regular season game?
A: There will be many more public parking lots for A-Day than for a regular season game. There will be areas designated for general public parking, Tide Pride parking, handicap accessible parking, RV parking, commercial bus parking and reserved parking (coaches, players, vendors, etc). Visit uagameday.com for more details including an A-Day parking and traffic map.
Q: Will A-Day be carried on the radio?
A: The game will be available on the radio, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Locally, it can be heard on 95.3 FM. Affiliates around the Southeast that carry Alabama games in the fall will also broadcast the A-Day Game. Eli Gold and Phil Savage will call the game from the booth and Barry Krauss will serve as the sideline commentator.
Q: Will the non-delay headsets work that were purchased in the fall?
A: Those who purchased Live Sports Radio in 2008 will be able to listen to the A-Day broadcast using those same radios without a delay. New radios for 2009 will be available beginning in June.
Q: Which of the ESPN family of networks is the game on and will it be available at a later date on CSS?
A: The game will be televised live by ESPN at 2 p.m. (CDT). CSS will air replays of A-Day with first one set for April 20 at 6 p.m. (CDT). Check your television listings for the future re-air dates and times.
Q: Will all of the concourses and concession stands be open?
A: All concourses will be open and concession stands will operate like a regular home game in the fall. In addition, all ATMs will be operational and A-Day programs will be available for sale.
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