Black Warrior River - Rowing
It is one of the best practice and competitive courses in the nation, giving the University of Alabama's young rowing team an immediate boost. The Black Warrior River, where the Crimson Tide practices and competes, is blessed with high banks, long, protected straightaways, and minimal current which makes it a rower's dream. The Tide also benefits from having the river largely to itself.
The Tide is also fortunate that the river is dotted with prime viewing areas for dual meets and regattas, including The Park at Manderson Landing, which sits near the finish line of most of the Tide's home events. With its multi-tiered slope down to the edge of the river, the park is a natural `stadium' for cheering on the Crimson Tide.
Construction began in the fall of 2013 on the state-of-the-art boathouse on the west side of Manderson Landing. The 11,163-square-foot facility includes storage space for the teamís equipment and will be coupled with brand-new facilities at the Presidential Village, housed within the Universityís new student center. The Presidential Village, which overlooks the Black Warrior River, will have new locker rooms, a student-athlete lounge, athletic training facilities, coaches offices and an ergometer suite that overlooks the Black Warrior River. Both facilities are slated to open in the fall of 2014.
The new boathouse will combine with the Tide's already stellar athletic training, strength and conditioning and academic facilities in providing Alabama rowers with the best of all things.