In response to the recent attendance issues at Bryant-Denny Stadium – where students have often been leaving at halftime – the University of Alabama decided to suspend block seating for 20 of 36 student organizations for Saturday’s contest with Tennessee.
The decision, which came after a review of the student section from last Saturday’s game against Arkansas, means that most of the South end zone will be an “open free-for-all” for students.
Leela Foley, the Alabama Student Government Association press secretary told Al.com that a revised map of block seating will either be released Friday or will be posted in the student sections so students know where they can and cannot sit.
Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was vocal about his displeasure with the attendance issues earlier this week.
“I’ve talked about players playing for 60 minutes in the game and competing for 60 minutes in the game,” Saban said. “And, in some kind of way, everybody that chooses to go to the game should stay there and support the team for the game.
“Maybe if you’re not interested in doing that, you should let someone else go who would really like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go.”
Many of the gaps in attendance can be attributed to the huge leads the Crimson Tide often have over their opponents. The Tide has outscored its home opponent 153-9 and have shut out its two home conference opponents – Ole Miss and Arkansas – 77-0. That may happen Saturday against Tennessee. Alabama is currently favored by four touchdowns.
Alabama’s attendance currently ranks eighth nationally, with an average of 101,679 fans per game.
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