Jan. 19, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama will celebrate the Crimson Tide football team's 2011 National Football Championship on Saturday, January 21, at 2 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The celebration, presented by Regions Bank and AT&T, will feature the Crimson Tide football team and head football coach Nick Saban. The event will last approximately one hour and admission is free.
The entire celebration will occur inside of Bryant-Denny Stadium. There will not be a Walk of Champions event preceding it. Tickets are not required to enter the stadium, and all seating is general admission and will be first-come, first-served. This event will be held regardless of weather conditions. Items normally prohibited in the stadium will not be permitted in the stadium during the celebration event. Block seating will not be available for students.
Seating will be limited to the West side of the stadium. Fans can access the stadium via the lower bowl entrances by entering through gates 10-13 and 16-19. They also can access gates 5 and 21 for the upper levels and on the West side of the stadium. The first 1,000 UA students with a valid UA Action Card can access the field for the event though gate 31 located at the southeast side of the stadium. The first 1,000 general public fans that wish to watch the event from the field will be allowed to enter via gate 30. All gates will open at 12 p.m., two hours prior to the event.
Fans attending Saturday's celebration are encouraged to take advantage of parking in the East and West ten Hoor surface lots, the North and South ten Hoor parking decks as well as the Campus Drive West lot (behind Publix). There will also be parking located at Coleman Coliseum, the Campus Drive Deck and the East Campus parking lots. Gameday shuttles will be running from the Soccer parking lot to Ninth Avenue in front of Graves Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking for people with disabilities will be located at the Communications Card and the Wallace Wade parking lots.
Stadium concessions will be available in multiple locations in the lower level of the stadium, but food vendors will not be located on the Quad. No outside food or drinks will be allowed into the stadium. Officially licensed National Championship products, apparel and more will be available for purchase outside the stadium and in the SUPe Store.
The first 30,000 fans entering the stadium will receive a poster of the championship team. Fans also will be allowed an opportunity to have a photo taken with the BCS National Championship Trophy along with Big Al in the South End Zone Plaza starting at Noon. The men's basketball game at Kentucky will be televised live on the video screens in the stadium and that will be followed by videos highlighting the 2011 season to lead into the 2 p.m. celebration.
The Million Dollar Band as well as Big Al and the cheerleaders will be on hand to help the Crimson Tide celebrate inside Bryant-Denny Stadium as well. Following the event, fans in attendance are welcome to come down to the field and tour the Alabama locker room for pictures. The 2011 lettering will also be added to the area around Coach Saban's statue along the Walk of Champions.
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Celebration Timing Schedule
12 p.m. - Bryant-Denny Stadium Gates Open
2 p.m. - Program Begins