Tuscaloosa officials reveal the number of arrests at the Strip following Alabama's latest title win
In the moments after Alabama’s 18th national championship and sixth under coach Nick Saban on Monday night, thousands of people poured on to the streets of Tuscaloosa to celebrate the Crimson Tide’s win.
Tusacaloosa officials on Tuesday morning updated reporters on the situation, and Annie Mapp of ABC 33/40 reported that 14 people were arrested last night on 13 different charges according to Tuscaloosa Police Chief Brent Blankley. Mayor Walt Maddox said the Strip area was cleared at 12:02am, and added that he doesn’t think a curfew would have worked.
“We do believe it was larger than any celebration we’ve seen in recent memory,” Maddox said. “I think it’s safe to say that it was thousands upon thousands of people. Last week, when we began working on this, we understood the challenges we were going to face. No. 1 the calendar was working against us. School begins tomorrow, the national championship game being on the 11th. The game being limited in the amount of attendance, certainly we understood that was going to drive a large number of students.”
HAPPENING NOW: Mayor Walt Maddox is giving an update on the large crowds on the Strip area last night. He says there were over one thousand people gathered in the area. @abc3340 pic.twitter.com/7iG1n0aEq9
— Annie Mapp (@AnnieMapp_) January 12, 2021
Alabama Crimson Tide fans flood the streets of Tuscaloosa after the team secured its 18th national title. pic.twitter.com/k9UCH8BC4m
— James Benedetto (@james_benedetto) January 12, 2021