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Bryant-Denny Stadium - 920 Paul W Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Do you bleed Crimson? Bryant-Denny Stadium has been the home of Alabama football since 1929 and was first known as the George Hutchenson Denny Stadium. Total seating capacity is now at 92,138 (with the all time attendance record also being 92,138), making it the 7th largest on-campus football stadium in the nation. February 2009 the U of A board of trustees approved stadium expansion of the south end zone, which would bring capacity to approximately 101,000; quite possibly making it the 4th largest stadium in the U.S., the 7th largest (non-racing) stadium in the world, and the absolute largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference. They take football very seriously here and this is a stadium feared by rivals! The “Crimson Tide” (given to the team after an intense, muddy game with Auburn in 1948) owns an impressive 210-43-3 all-time record and every single home game since 1988 has sold out. The University of Alabama has won 12 total National Championships in Football, the first in 1925, the last in 1992 and since 2003 has been the sole home of Alabama Football. "We are fortunate to play our home games in one of the finest football facilities in the nation. Our fans enjoy fantastic campus activities prior to the game and then move into a state-of-the-art facility to watch the game. The atmosphere is second-to-none." Quoted by Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore, you get the feeling that this sports experience is really something special. The first thing you think of when you think “college football” is tailgating. Alabama is absolutely no exception, with this being one of the heavily steeped traditions here. Upon reserving a tailgate space, you will have the same reserved space for all 7 home games, 1 parking pass for nearby parking, electricity and 1 10x10 tent.


Most spaces have enough room for at least 3 10x10 tents. No one should have any doubts that these sell out quickly, to say the least! The grand total for reserving all of these amenities on game day is $729 for the season. Shuttle buses, the Tuscaloosa Trolley & Crimson Ride Transit are all available for getting around the area and the gates are open 2 hours prior to kickoff. No bags larger than 8.5" x 11", coolers or food containers, backpacks, umbrellas, video recorders and artificial noisemakers are allowed. DO remember your sunscreen and make sure you overdose on water, not alcohol! There is a gentleman’s code of conduct required here.


The 2009 Season Ticket Price is $365 and individual game prices range from $40-$70, depending on whom the Tide is playing. The usual fare is offered throughout the general seating area, but there are other options, such as the Sky Boxes, perfect for the games that aren’t so sunny and warm. This world-class stadium currently possesses 123 skyboxes, the ultimate for watching the Crimson Tide. An example of what’s included with the chef’s menu selections (along with the usual grazing fare) are: Broiled Tomato Basil Shrimp & Steak Quesadillas with Pico de Gallo and Sour Cream. Choices for dessert include: mini dessert bites, homemade cookies and brownies, banana pudding & chocolate-covered treats. This is delivered to the skybox 1-2 hours prior to kickoff or during the 1st or 2nd Quarter, your choice!


Interesting fact(s): Joe Namath played college football for U of A under the team’s legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant from 1962–1964, with “Joe Willie” leading the Crimson Tide to a National Championship in 1964.
Nick Saban, is currently the 27th head coach for Alabama’s football program and with an 8-year, $32 million dollar contract he is currently one of the highest paid coaches of all time.


In 2008, the visitors' locker room at Bryant-Denny stadium was officially named "The Fail Room" after alumnus and donor James M. Fail. Fail colorfully commented, "I figured it was the most appropriate opportunity I would ever have to use my name!"


Why the elephant? In October of 1930, sports writer Everett Strupper of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story of the Alabama-Mississippi game that he had just witnessed in Tuscaloosa. "That Alabama team of 1930 is a typical Wade machine, powerful, big, tough, fast, aggressive, well-schooled in fundamentals, and the best blocking team for this early in the season that I have ever seen. When those big brutes hit you I mean you go down and stay down, often for an additional two minutes. At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble; there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,' and out stamped this Alabama varsity.”


Regions Park Stadium, 100 Municipal Drive, Hoover, Alabama 35216
Home of the Birmingham Barons AA Minor League Baseball team, the facility is also host to numerous other events during the year, including Hoover High School football and baseball games, collegiate sporting events, circuses, concerts, food festivals and band competitions. The stadium, part of the Trace Crossings development, is about 3 miles from the center of Hoover and the well-known shopping complex, Riverchase Galleria. Regions Park (formerly known as Hoover Metropolitan Stadium) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and underwent extensive renovations in 2007 and features seating capacity for 10,000+. (3,202 box seats and 7,598 general admissions) Banquet facilities, concession, B.B.Q picnic facilities and Skybox Suites are available. Parking is provided for approximately 3,000 cars. The Birmingham Barons played their first official game at the Park on April 16, 1988 against the Greenville Braves. Game nights feature special promotions and events such as fireworks, live performances, and prize giveaways.


A fantastic way to enjoy baseball with the entire family, the Barons’ season begins in April and continues to September. The team plays a game almost every day of the week, with fewer than 2 weeks off total during the 5 month season. The Park boasts a state-of-the-art video scoreboard and new catering facilities for Grand Slam Catering, who features quality concessions and full-service catering for sports goers. Either buffet-style ($15-$18/per person) or appetizer-style ($10/per person for 4 selections) is available. Nearby there is a family fun park with a playground, jumpy jumps and slides for the kids. Adjacent to the Regions Park Stadium is the Hoover RV Park, with spaces available for rent year-round. The RV Park is also available for renting spots during the SEC Baseball Tournament each May.


Interesting Note(s): The luxury Skybox Suites are amazing! Adorned with comfy leather chairs, sofas and big screen TVs with a kitchenette, this is like having your own personal party room for 12-18 people for the games! These private 300-550 sq ft suites (there are 2 sizes) also come complete with waitress service, private restrooms, wet bar and refrigerator and cost around $13,500-$18,500, for the year.

The Birmingham Barons are affiliated with the Chicago White Sox and one of the world’s most respected athletes, Michael Jordan, played here in 1994.

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