Why Alabama football is charging for A-Day spring game tickets this year

Cecil Hurt
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Alabama wide receiver Xavier Williams (3)
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Alabama wide receiver Xavier Williams (3)
Photo by Kent Gidley

The University of Alabama announced its official seating capacity and ticket prices Friday for the April 17 A-Day Game, with up to 50,000 fans – or approximately 50% of Bryant-Denny Stadium capacity – available for the annual scrimmage. 

General public tickets are being offered at $5. Those who have season seats in the premium sections of the stadium will have the opportunity to buy tickets for $10 for their usual locations.

 A-Day has traditionally been a free event with open seating and has attracted large crowds since Nick Saban’s first spring as the head coach at UA in 2007.

So why is Alabama charging for tickets this year?

UA Senior Associate Athletics Director Jessica Parè told The Tuscaloosa News via e-mail Friday night that ticketing “was necessary because of the reduced capacity (and) seating layout.” 

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Money generated from ticket sales is going to the Crimson Core Fund, which was established in the fall “to help cover the costs associated with scholarship benefits, academic support, leadership development, nutrition and dining, sports medicine and strength and conditioning,” according to Parè.

Nov 21, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama fans arrive for the Kentucky game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports

Tickets will go on sale Saturday at 8 a.m. CDT. The game kicks off April 17 at noon in Bryant-Denny Stadium. It will also air live on ESPN.

Stadium capacity is higher than last year’s regular-season capacity of 20%. Both instances of limited capacity are part of Alabama’s coronavirus protocol.

Facial coverings are required for entry into the stadium and are to be worn at all times except when eating or drinking.

Tickets can be ordered through links found at Rolltide.com.

Ticket information is available here.

Reach Cecil Hurt at cecil@tidesports.com or via Twitter @cecilhurt

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