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Sunday, October 18, 2015

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE FOOTBALL - BRYANT DENNY STADIUM

BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
920 PAUL W BRYANT DRIVE
TUSCALOOSA, AL  35401
205-348-2262

Cannot imagine a better college football experience than being in Tuscaloosa to watch Alabama on game day.  The excitement around Bryant-Denny Stadium is electric.  The fans all wear their team colors with pride and there is an abundance of alcohol flowing in the bars, on the streets and at tailgate parties throughout the small university town.  This was my second visit to Tuscaloosa to witness Alabama football and I can tell you that I love it.  Absolutely the best college football atmosphere and experience ever.  Love Alabama football and the fans.  We began our adventure in Birmingham where we hired a driver to take us to Tuscaloosa.  Driving was not an option as we wanted to enjoy a few beers and delve deep into the tailgating and bar scene around the stadium.  Upon arriving in Tuscaloosa we headed straight for a store and bought Alabama gear so we could look like we fit in.  It worked as we walked right onto Fraternity Row and entered several Frat Houses.  Probably did not hurt that we had Alabama shirts/jackets on complete with Hello my Name is badges on our chests.  Picked up the badges at a local bar that was giving them out as a joke.  Seems that Alabama coach Lane Kiffin used a fictitious name the week before to meet girls in a local bar so that made up name tags and gave them out on game day.  The Fraternity houses were complete with large bars set up outside where you could purchase beer, wine and cocktails.  The lines were long but well worth it on a hot Alabama afternoon.  We grabbed some beers and headed into the Frat House where one of the brothers happily showed us to the bathrooms.  There was a bit of a line so he said to follow him downstairs to where there was another bathroom.  He guided us through the house and into a huge room packed with people talking and drinking.  There was an actual night club below the house and the bathrooms were fairly empty and filled with empty beer cans and cups.  This was the party room and we were happy to be there.  We ventured back upstairs and out to the front lawn where the crowd was beginning to enter the stadium.  Since there are no beer sales inside the stadium, the fans get pretty lubed up outside before going in.  Pretty amazing to see the crazy partying fans sober up fast as soon as the team is announced.  When it is time for football it seemed that everyone sobered up and got right into the game.  Except for one gal sitting in front of us who could not walk to her seat.  She wobbled about and then was escorted out by a friend.  I tried a Hot Dog and Pretzel at the game and both were terrible.  The Pretzel was one of the worst I had ever tasted.  It was flavorless dough that even mustard could not help.  The Hot Dogs come with something like onions or sauerkraut on them but there was no relish or onions at the condiment table.  With 101,000 people in the fans I would think that they could at least serve a few decent menu items.  But you know, this is hardcore SEC football and they probably could care less about a hot dog.  After a tough first half the Crimson Tide rallied to beat Arkansas.  Roll Tide Roll!!!!

SMOOTH RIDE FROM BIRMINGHAM TO TUSCALOOSA INCLUDED A FEW BREWS
TUSCALOOSA ON GAME DAY IS FOOTBALL HEAVEN
EVERY BUILDING, HOME, CAR AND PERSON IN TUSCALOOSA SHOWS ALABAMA PRIDE
BAMA FANS OF ALL AGES CROWD THE STREETS OF TUSCALOOSA
CLOSE DOWN THE STREETS AND LET THEM PARTY OF GAME DAY
TAILGATING ALL AROUND BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM
WE ENDED UP AT THE CAMPUS PARTY STORE THAT IS ACTUALLY A BIG INDOOR/OUTDOOR BAR
HUGE LINE TO ENTER THE BAR AND THERE IS A $10 COVER CHARGE TO GET IN
WE HEADED OVER TO FRATERNITY ROW AND JOINED THE PARTY
I FIT RIGHT IN WITH MY ALABAMA WINDBREAKER AND COLD BREWS
WE PARTIED INSIDE THE FRAT HOUSES WHICH WERE PRETTY MELLOW COMPARED TO
WHAT WAS GOING ON OUTSIDE ON THE FRONT LAWN
TAKING A BREAK AND HITTING THE BATHROOM AT THE FRAT HOUSE
VIEW FROM FRAT HOUSE FRONT LAWN WAS AMAZING
ALABAMA FANS KNOW HOW TO PARTY ON GAME DAY
HEADING INTO BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM TO WATCH SOME ALABAMA FOOTBALL - ROLL TIDE!
STADIUM SEATS OVER 100,000 FANS
ALABAMA VS ARKANSAS
ALABAMA BAND GOT THE FANS GOING
THIS IS ALL THEY SERVE IN THE ENTIRE STADIUM.  DON'T GO HERE TO EAT.  FOOD SUCKS

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