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Alabama Holds First Practice for SEC Championship Game



Dec. 1, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The number-one ranked Alabama football team returned to the practice field on Monday as preparations begin for the 2008 SEC Championship Game against the Florida Gators this Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The Crimson Tide practiced for 90 minutes in helmets, shoulder pads and sweats inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility, on a cold, blustery day in Tuscaloosa.

“The competitive character is something that we have talked about a lot in the time that we have been here,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said at his Monday press conference. “If you have great competitive character then you want to play in the biggest games and this is certainly an opportunity for our players to play against one of the best teams in the country in one of the best competitive venues that you could ever be associated with or at least a part of, which has been my experience.”

No. 1 Alabama will meet No. 2 Florida in the 2008 SEC Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports, marking the ninth national television appearance for the Crimson Tide this season.

SEC ALERTS FANS OF COUNTERFEIT TICKETS: The Southeastern Conference reminds fans to be precautious when purchasing SEC Football Championship Game tickets on the secondary market. Tickets for the 2008 SEC Championship Game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida are sold out. With many fans obtaining tickets through various channels on the secondary market, the University of Alabama, the University of Florida and the Southeastern Conference advise buyers to beware of possible counterfeit or stolen tickets. The SEC and the Georgia Dome will be offering a “Ticket Validation Window” at the main box office of the Georgia Dome beginning at 9 a.m. (EST) on Saturday, December 6.  The authenticity of the ticket can be confirmed by a box office representative on site. Buyers of counterfeit tickets risk being denied admission to the Georgia Dome for the game.