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CTSN Pre-Game Show at Bryant-Denny for Opener


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, the multimedia rights holder for University of Alabama athletics, announced today that the Crimson Tide Sports Network's pre-game radio show, normally broadcast at home games from the Quad, will originate this Saturday from the press box at Bryant-Denny Stadium prior to the season-opening football game between Alabama and Middle Tennessee.

All other activities scheduled for "Coca-Cola Kickoff on the Quad" will continue as planned, but CTSN's "Jeep Tailgate Show," which begins at 4 p.m. central time, will shift locations for this week.

"With the ongoing crisis on the gulf coast, we felt the generators used to power our pre-game activities would be put to much better use helping those involved in rescue and recovery efforts following the devastating events this week," said Michael Alford, general manager of Crimson Tide Sports Marketing. 

Alford added, "We hope the generators will be beneficial in some small way."

The Quad will still be home to thousands of Crimson Tide fans as they prepare for the kickoff of the 2005 season.  Festivities will officially begin at 3 p.m., and the Million Dollar Band will once again lead the Tide faithful to Bryant-Denny with the Elephant Stomp.

The University of Alabama's Student Recreation Center has served as a shelter for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and The University will join with the American Red Cross to take donations outside Bryant-Denny Stadium prior to kickoff of the Alabama-Middle Tennessee game Saturday night.  In addition, UA's Director of Athletics, Mal Moore, encouraged fans coming to town for the game this weekend to give up their hotel rooms, if possible, so that evacuees could continue to be housed in Tuscaloosa hotels.

Kickoff for the game between Alabama and Middle Tennessee is slated for 6 p.m.  The game is sold out, but fans can order the telecast on Crimson Tide Pay-Per-View.