April 16, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
When the Tuscaloosa area floods with crimson and white clad fans this weekend they will find plenty of Crimson Tide activities to keep them busy with Alabama football, softball, tennis and swimming and diving in full swing at home.
The Tide football team, coming off the 2008 SEC West title, will hold its annual Crimson-White A-Day Game Saturday, April 18. For the first time the game will be aired in its entirety live on ESPN. The game will begin at 2:00 p.m. with gates opening at 11 a.m. Admission is free to all those wishing to attend.
Since 2007, the A-Day game has been tops nationally in attendance for intra-squad scrimmages, including an NCAA record 92,000+ fans that packed Bryant-Denny to capacity to witness Nick Saban's first Crimson Tide team take the field.
And while everyone is anxious to get a sneak-peek at next year's football squad, there will be some old-school Tide action starting a little earlier in the day.
The inaugural A-Club 7-on-7 Classic, the flag football game between former Tide lettermen, is slated to begin at noon with players being introduced at 11:30 a.m. Alabama greats tentatively scheduled to be in attendance include: Antonio Langham, Steadman Shealy, Tyrone Prothro, Bob Baumhower (coaching), John Copeland, Major Ogilive (coaching), Barry Krauss, Derrick Oden and Leron McClain (coaching).
The annual Walk of Fame ceremony will get underway at 12:15 p.m. at Denny Chimes. The Tide's 2008 captains, John Parker Wilson, Rashad Johnson and Antoine Caldwell, will put their cleat and hand prints in the Walk of Fame.
And after the last hit at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the No. 26 ranked women's tennis team is looking to serve up a win over instate rival Auburn. The match, which is the Tide's regular-season finale, gets underway at 5:00 p.m. at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium. The match will also serve as Senior Day for the Tide where the team will recognize its lone senior, Shelley Godwin, in a brief ceremony prior to the match.
The No. 6 ranked Alabama softball team is also in action at home this weekend. The Tide is coming off of a Tuesday doubleheader-sweep of SEC-foe Kentucky and is looking to extend its SEC-win streak with a sweep of Arkansas.
The team will be taking on the Razorbacks for three games in its second-to-last home series of the season. Play will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday; the first game starting at 2:00 p.m., immediately followed by the second game which is slated for a 4:30 p.m. start. The third game is on Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports.
Both days of the games will have something special going on at the ballpark. Saturday the team will celebrate senior-star Kelly Montalvo and Sunday will be "Camp Reunion Day".
The swimming and diving teams will get the weekend started with its annual Laps for CF event on Friday starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Alabama Aquatic Center. The event helps raise awareness and money for the fight against cystic fibrosis. Coach Eric McIlquham and his squad will put on exhibitions as well as hosting Laps for CF founder Emily Schrieber. There will also be food and live music for the fans.
Not all the Crimson Tide action will be in Tuscaloosa. The baseball team takes on Vanderbilt in Nashville this weekend, the rowing team is in Tennessee for the SIRA Championships, men's tennis is in Auburn for its last regular-season dual match and the gymnastics team, fresh off its SEC and NCAA Regional wins, looks to finish of the season by winning NCAA Championship No. 5 while in Lincoln, Neb.
For more information on these or any other Crimson Tide athletic events please visit RollTide.com.