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Alabama-Western Carolina Will Play Saturday


Friday, September 17, 2004

Charlie Peprah

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The Alabama-Western Carolina football game will be played Saturday night, according to an announcement by Athletics Director Mal Moore Friday morning.  The game will be televised live on a pay-per-view basis.  A limited number of tickets will go on sale at Bryant-Denny Stadium between gates 35 and 37 beginning at Noon Saturday.

"We met this morning with representatives of campus and cities entities and Alabama Power," Moore said, "and the decision was made to play the game at 6 p.m. Saturday.

"We would like to create as normal a game situation as possible, not only for our fans, but players as well."

The Western Carolina team left Cullowhee, N.C., by bus Friday morning and will walk-thru Bryant-Denny Stadium Friday afternoon.

"Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out to those who suffered from Hurricane Ivan," said Tide coach Mike Shula, "and we feel fortunate to be able to play the game."

Moore encouraged fans arriving in motor homes and RVs to "wait until 5 p.m. today to park on campus.  That will allow our clean-up crews time to remove debris from parking areas."

Activities related to "Coca-Cola Kickoff on the Quad", including the Alabama Power Legend's Tent and the Mayfield Dairy Team Autograph Tent, have been cancelled for this weekend only.  Crimson Tide Sports Network's pregame show will be done from the pressbox.