Crimson Tide set to open camp, host annual Fan Day
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ The University of Alabama football program will hold its annual Fan Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sunday.
The only practice of the year open to fans or reporters will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Players are due to report for training camp on Thursday with the first practices slated for Friday.
The first day of classes for the fall semester is Aug. 20. Alabama will open the season Aug. 30 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta against West Virginia. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. (CT) on ABC or ESPN2.
UPDATE: Alabama released the following information about Fan Day on Tuesday:
Players and coaches will be available for autographs immediately after the practice on the field at approximately 4:45 p.m.
Fans may enter the stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. through gate 44 and occupy the lower bowl (sections 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.
Children attending can sign up for the Big Al’s Kids Club and all fans can register for the Crimson Tide Rewards program outside the East side of the stadium at gate 44 beginning at 1:30 p.m.
At the conclusion of practice, those wishing to participate in Fan Day will enter the field through gate 31 and exit via gate 44. Fans not wishing to view practice and would like to start lining up early can do so beginning at 1:30 p.m. Those fans can enter through gate 31.
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 East side (field and mezzanine levels) will be open. Alabama merchandise will also be sold on Sunday and 5,000 autograph posters sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank 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 that are available for your convenience. Parking for persons with disabilities is available on a first come, first served basis in the Communications card 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. Fans can go to www.rolltide.com for updates and other pertinent information.
In case of inclement weather, the Fan Day portion of the afternoon would be moved into Coleman Coliseum.