TideFans’ Guide to a Gameday Weekend:
by 4Q Basket Case
The most common question is, “How / where do I get tickets?” Options are:
- Stub Hub & Similar / Local Alternatives – the most reliable option. Can be expensive, but you don’t have the anxiety of coming to town without them.
Other more local options:
- T-Town Tickets and Ticket Solutions – Two Tuscaloosa-based brokers, both long-established.
- AAATix – A reliable Birmingham-based broker.
- Friends – If you check out TideFans Ticket Swap, you might be able to work something out. Just understand that TF is not a ticket broker and whatever deal you strike is between you and the other poster.
- Scalpers – For all but the most in-demand games (think LSU, 2011), this is my preferred option. You can almost always get decent tickets for a better price than you’ll get from a broker. It does involve a leap of faith, though, coming to town empty-handed.
Really goes without saying, but bring cash. These guys don’t take cards or checks.
Caveat #1: Look for licensed ticket dealers. They have city-issued licenses worn on lanyards. Counterfeit tickets have been an increasing problem, and you don’t have to worry about the licensed guys.
Not to say the regular guy looking to unload two of his four isn’t trustworthy. You just need to be aware of the potential for fraud and use your best judgement as to who you‘re dealing with. Trust your gut.
Caveat #2: West side is better. Especially for day games, and most especially for early season day games, the west side of the stadium has your back to the sun, and lots of seating is actually in the shadow of the west side awning. That’s huge.
If you’re on the east side, you’re facing the sun all game, and it can be brutal. Bring a good hat, good sunglasses, and lots of sunscreen.
Obviously, for evening and night games, the point is moot.