My husband and I both share a deep love for SEC football, so a few years ago, we decided that we wanted to make it to a game in every SEC stadium and try as best we could to do the game like a local would. A couple of weeks ago, we were blessed with an amazing opportunity to attend a game at the University of Alabama and could not have been more excited. From the time we decided to embark on the great SEC stadium tour, Bama has been one of my most highly anticipated just because of the storied history of the program. Love them or hate them, Bama is football. And thanks to one of Juston's co-workers, we got the real deal experience, short of tailgating since we didn't get to the stadium until a couple of hours before the game.
We left on Friday as soon as Juston got off work. My parents and sister were sweet enough to keep Caroline for us. I wouldn't have minded taking her if not for the 8 hour drive and the fact that were were doing it all so close together. Drove most of the way Friday, stayed in Cullman, drove another two hours Saturday, then drove the whole way home after the game Saturday and didn't get home until nearly 4 am. Of course, if we'd had her with us, we would have jut stayed the night, but it didn't sound like a trip that she would get any enjoyment out of, so we decided it'd just be the two of us.
We arrived in Tuscaloosa around 11:00 local time and just took our time walking through all the different tailgates, exploring the campus and then touring the Bear Bryant museum, which was such a treat to have time to do.
We stepped into a few different restaurants on the main strip around the stadium, every single one of which was packed, but decided to eat at Steamers. I got the crab cake BLT and it was amazing! It's possible I was just starving, but I really liked it.
The game was against Tennessee, Juston's team, but since we were given the tickets by a friend and right smack in the Bama season ticket holder end zone, Juston opted to wear go neutral in his attire. We did buy ourselves some Alabama t-shirts though to commemorate the trip.
My picture quality from my antique iPhone 4 is so dang sorry, but I just didn't want to lug my good camera around all day, so grainy camera phone pics it is. The noise level of the crowd in Bryant Denny was by far the loudest continual fan cheering we've heard to date. I'd say Auburn would be second .So far, we've been to games at Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia (go dawgs!), Auburn and Alabama. It's our goal to make Florida and possibly South Carolina next season. We have a friend who cheers at Florida and next year is her last year, so we really want to be able to watch her cheer as well as check the stadium off our list. I had very high hopes for Bryant Denny and I can honestly say it didn't not disappoint. We definitely plan on going back for a game some day and hopefully tailgating next time!