by 4Q Basket Case
What follows makes all sorts of assumptions, so take it for what it’s worth. Adjust as your schedule and desires dictate, or ignore it altogether.
If you’re lucky enough to get to town in time for lunch, or even a slightly late lunch, The City Café is the place. Opens 4am. Closes 3:30pm. Downtown Northport is small, only a couple of blocks, but has some really neat shops, and a great toy store.
- Arrive, get checked in and settled
- Pre-dinner cocktail at Session
- Dinner at one of the nicer restaurants
- Bed by 10:00. Tomorrow’s a big day
Note: this necessarily involves some backtracking. Enjoy the walk, even if you’re heading back to a general area you left a little while ago.
- Get parked and on campus at least 4 hours before game time.
- If you haven’t been, make the pilgrimage to the Bryant Museum first. Crowds will be lower and it’s kind of out of the way from other gameday activities.
- Stroll west over to the quad and gawk at the tailgate scene. You’ll probably run into somebody you know. If you’re hungry or thirsty, there are lots of vendors.
- Continue west on to the Walk of Champions at the north entrance to the stadium. Statues of coaches and stone markers for championship teams. As others have noted, we’re running out of room for the markers. Alabama problems.
- Further west, on to The Strip for pregame shopping and beverages.
- Backtrack to the quad for the pregame band shows. The various sections of the band – the drumline, the trumpets, woodwinds, etc., play small shows in scattered locations. It’s pretty cool
- Go back to the Walk of Champions to see the team enter the stadium.
- Enter the stadium to watch the team warm up, or back to The Strip for gameday atmosphere.
Watching Other Games
[Before or After Bama (or watching Bama if you don’t have tickets)]
Several options here:
- Houndstooth – big bar on The Strip. Lots of televisions. If it’s an obscure game, this is your best bet.
- Galette’s – If you can live with the young crowd, this has been recently renovated, and the TV options are good.
- Egan’s – The renovation has helped with the smoke, and they added some TVs. I love it, but acknowledge that it’s an acquired taste.
- Rounders has TVs, so it’s an option as well. I think they might even project the picture up on a large screen on the roof.
- A ton of the tailgates on the Quad have TV setups, so you might be able to mooch a spot there.
Almost all Alabama games are televised on a network of some description. So in the event you came without tickets and couldn’t strike a deal with a scalper, all of the above options will most likely still work.
But in the unusual event that it isn’t (almost certainly a non-conference game against an overmatched opponent), it’ll be on PPV. In that case, all except the tailgate option are in play.
- Ladies, remember the clear bag requirement. They’re serious about it, and don’t make exceptions.
- Leave for the stadium about 30 minutes prior to game time.
- Enjoy the game. Yell Roll Tide! a lot. Unless you’re doing your best drunk fraternity brat imitation, don’t sing Dixieland Delight. Do sing “Yea Alabama” after touchdowns and “Rammer Jammer” at the end.
- Depending on the time of day or night, make a decision as to dinner. Personally, I’d choose a casual place.
- Relax with the an after-dinner beverage of your choice, recount the day’s events, and give thanks that you are an Alabama fan.
- Head back to the hotel and home on Sunday.
- Prepare for the next game.