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RBR’s GIANT Alabama A-Day Guide: Parking, Traffic, Construction, Autographs, Tailgating, Tours, Viewer Guide & more!

Everything you need to know to attend or watch Alabama’s A-Day Game

Alabama Spring Game Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

One of the finest things Alabama does is host a fantastic spring game. For families, alums, students nearing finals, avid fans, and people just enjoying a lovely spring day, you’d be hard pressed to replicate the atmosphere in Tuscaloosa.

To that end, we give you the Roll ‘Bama Roll GIANT A-Day Information Guide. Bookmark this, print it, share on social media, tattoo it under your knee cap -- you need, want, and will refer to this information repeatedly for the next four days.

Traffic, Construction, Road Closures

This one is, unfortunately very important. Tuscaloosa will be hosting the USA Collegiate Club Triathlon national championships this weekend. This will result in several road closures and new choke-points.

Friday road closures from 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.:

· Jack Warner Parkway from 28th Avenue to McFarland Boulevard

· On and off ramps at McFarland Boulevard and Jack Warner Parkway

· 28th Avenue from Jack Warner Parkway to University Boulevard

· Tuscaloosa Riverwalk from Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to the River Market

Saturday road closures 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

· Jack Warner Parkway from 28th Avenue to Crescent Ridge Road

· On and off ramps at McFarland Boulevard and Jack Warner Parkway

· Paul Bryant Bridge from Jack Warner Parkway to Rice Mine Road Northeast

· Tuscaloosa Riverwalk from Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to Manderson Landing

Construction & Alternate Routes:

Two lanes of University Boulevard will remain closed for approximately one-half mile from the University Boulevard and Bryant Drive intersection west to the area near the University Boulevard and Second Avenue intersection. Please use the Campus Drive alternate route.

McFarland Blvd - McFarland Blvd. S will utilize only one turn lane onto I-20/59 N. To avoid delays on your way home, please utilize the Cottondale, HWY 216 or I-359 route.

I-20/59 - Construction will continue on I-20/59 between exits 79 & 76. To avoid interstate congestion please use exits 100 (HWY 216), Exit 89 (HWY 11) or Exit 79 (HWY 11) as an alternate route to campus.

A comprehensive road closure map is here

Parking & Public Transportation

RV Parking will be at the Northeast RV Lot and will require a pass which you must purchase. Here is that information.

Vehicle parking is free on the East side of campus beginning at 7:00 a.m. Here is a map of free parking locations.

Shuttle buses to the stadium from University Mall will begin at 11 a.m. & will run for 90 minutes after the game.

Free parking is also available downtown at the Intermodal Facility. Tuscaloosa Transit service from there starts at 11 a.m.

The Crimson Ride buses will begin to run from the east side of campus at 11 a.m.

Activities & Tours

Campus and parking lots are open beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 2017.

Pregame activities beginning at 8 a.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Fan Fest on the North Stadium Lawn.

Locker room tours will be held from 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Field tours will be held from 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Big Al Kids’ Club party at the Stadium Club

Walk of Fame Ceremony, 12:15 at Denny Chimes

Walk of Champions, 12:50 at the North Stadium Lawn.

The Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium will kick off at 2 p.m.

On-field access will begin immediately after the game and fans will have 45 minutes of access time (with a running clock.)

Autograph Sessions

Eddie Jackson, Alabama Credit Union tent from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Andre Smith, KS Services tent from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

ArDarius Stewart, Corner Supe Store from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama Credit Union tent from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tailgating & Dining

Tailgating on the Quad will not be available on Friday night.

At 7:00 a.m. Saturday, parking will open and tailgate drop-off will be 7-10 a.m. Please use the Stadium Drive access.

Dining will be available at most locations around town, including restaurants and kiosks at Bama Dining on the University of Alabama campus

How to Watch, Stream & Listen

The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 2:00 Central

Livestream is available at

Local listeners can listen to the game, analysis and post-game reports at Tide 102.9. If you can’t attend, then you can always listen to Eli Gold’s dulcet tones via TuneIn radio on your smartphone


All university-sanctioned events, including parking and Crimson Ride, and the A-Day game itself are free. You will obviously need to bring money for vendors and other purchases.

The University/SEC Clear Bag Policy is in effect. You can read about that policy and bag limitations here.

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