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    New to the Tide: Gameday ?'s

    My kid just decided to attend Bama! Can anyone let me know when tickets for football go on sale? When game times are established? What is the best advice for parking on game day?

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    Re: New to the Tide: Gameday ?'s

    Individual game tickets will go on sale in a few months. Will most likely be ones sent back from the other school.

    Game times will be announced about two weeks from the game once the TV side of things are figured out.


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    Re: New to the Tide: Gameday ?'s

    This site (uagameday.com) has good information on gameday activities, traffic, parking, etc., and also has various parking passes available.
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    Welcome to TideFans. Some of our members are old hands at: How to avoid part of the Game Day traffic, where to park, what time to arrive, where to eat, and who has the best Tailgating.

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    Re: New to the Tide: Gameday ?'s

    Quote Originally Posted by B1GMark View Post
    My kid just decided to attend Bama! Can anyone let me know when tickets for football go on sale? When game times are established? What is the best advice for parking on game day?
    The kickoff time for the opener will be set around mid to late May. Then the times for the next 2 games will be announced a week or two later.

    From then on itís the network call about 2 weeks before the game. One possible exception is the Iron Bowl, which sometimes gets assigned a time on CBS if both teams are good - and sometimes that doesnít even matter.

    You can apply some logic by getting one of those schedule grids and working through it. Florida vs Tennessee is almost always the 230 CBS game as is UF-UGA. LSU-UA has been prime time first Sat night in November the last 7 years. Look at the matchups and you can figure it out with about 85-90% accuracy. Whether LSU-Auburn is CBS (it is most years) depends on the other games that day. There are occasional wild cards you canít predict like Manziel making ATM a draw or MSUís 2014 run but itís generally predictable. Auburn-UGA is on CBS about 90% of the time. Alabama-Tennessee used to be (like last year) but again it depends on the other games. CBS gets first pick and chooses the money game.

    You have to hope you donít wind up with 11am or 745pm. The rest tends to be manageable.

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    Re: New to the Tide: Gameday ?'s

    It's kind of difficult now, but I've looked over the schedules just a bit. You can find the grid here.


    One key to pay attention to is when CBS sets up doubleheaders. Recently they've had two doubles and one triple. It all depends. But let's sort of work through a bit of it.


    SEPTEMBER 15
    Alabama/Ole Miss
    Ark/UNT
    Auburn/LSU
    Florida/Colo St (the McElwain Used To Coach Us Bowl)
    UGA/MTSU
    UK/Murray St
    MSU/ULL
    Mizzou/Purdue
    SCAR/Marshall
    Tenn/UTEP
    ATM/ULM
    Vandy/N Dame

    OK, I'd rate LSU/Auburn as the most likely CBS game. The one that makes everyone shake is that for some reason ESPN LOVES to pick this Tide game for the dreaded 8pm kickoff (2010, 2012, 2015, 2017). You have 50/50 odds of it being then based on recent years. The only thing that might save us is that none of the other games are that good so - hopefully - 615p.

    SEPTEMBER 22
    Alabama/ATM
    Arky/Auburn
    Florida/Tenn
    UGA/Mizzou
    MSU/Kentucky
    La Tech/LSU
    Kent St/Ole Miss
    SCAR/Vandy

    I can tell you right now that the CBS 230 game will either be us or UF/Tenn. If they opt for the doubleheader, I'd bet we're on at 230. In fact, I suspect we're the 230 game anyway, esp with Jimbo being there and all the excitement. Last year was the only time UA/ATM hasn't been the 230 game, and that's because CBS had already picked the game when LSU lost to Troy. I think had ATM been undefeated at that point, they may well have taken our game.

    If not then we'll be the 615 ESPN game. That's not great, but it narrows it down a lot.

    SEPTEMBER 29
    Alabama/ULL

    If I'm a betting man, this is probably the 11am early game. The CBS pick will either be UGA/Tenn (probably) or Ole Miss-LSU. Arky/ATM is also a possibility.

    OCTOBER 6
    Alabama/Arky
    Auburn/MSU
    LSU/Florida
    UGA/Vandy
    ATM/UK
    ULM/Ole Miss
    SCAR/Mizzou

    You can probably bet the mortgage on LSU/Florida on CBS. Only if both implode badly early and Arky is unbeaten will we get that slot. Looking at it, I'm suspecting 615p on ESPN.

    OCTOBER 13
    Alabama/Mizzou
    Ole Miss/Arky
    Auburn/Tenn
    Florida/Vandy
    UGA/LSU
    ATM/SCAR

    The CBS pick is likely either UGA/LSU or Auburn/Tenn but this one really is a toss-up. We COULD be the choice with that Heisman candidate they have. I doubt it, though.

    OCTOBER 20
    Third Saturday in October
    Arky/Tulsa
    Ole Miss/Auburn
    Vandy/UK
    MSU/LSU
    Memphis/Mizzou

    I would say odds are greater than 95% that we play on CBS at 230 this day. In fact, I'd say greater than 99%.

    OCTOBER 27
    Florida/UGA - guarantee you this is the 230 game

    NOVEMBER 3
    Alabama/LSU - will be the prime time CBS game like always

    NOVEMBER 10
    Alabama/MSU
    LSU/Arky
    Auburn/UGA
    SCAR/Florida
    Tenn/UK
    ATM/Ole Miss
    Vandy/Mizzou

    Odds are above 90% that Auburn-UGA is the pick. Only an implosion by one team this year and a contending MSU team (fat chance) would have the chance at changing it and possibly if LSU/Arky had great years as it is a rivalry.

    Most probable? between 6 and 7pm.

    NOVEMBER 17
    Alabama/the Citadel

    Who cares?

    NOVEMBER 24
    Iron Bowl
    Ark/Mizzou
    FSU/Florida
    Georgia/Tech
    UK/Louisville
    ATM/LSU
    Egg Bowl - on Thanksgiving Day
    Clemson/SCAR
    Tenn/Vandy

    Odds are that one of the games will get moved forward to Friday.

    About 80% that it's the Iron Bowl at 230 on CBS. Notice anything?

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    ESPN - 2003, 2007, 2014

    (Yes, I know the 09 and 10 games were on Friday).

    I may be wrong, but I think there's a limit and we had already played five games on CBS in 2014.

    We were an awful team in 2003 and Auburn wasn't all that great, either.

    But notice that the IB is still on CBS most of the time if the teams are terrible. I was at the 2012 game that we smoked them, 49-0.

    Even three-win Alabama in 2000 was on CBS.

    So odds are good here, too.
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    Re: New to the Tide: Gameday ?'s

    https://www.si.com/college-football/...sissippi-state

    OK, my understanding is correct. There's a five-game limit or you have to cut deals.

    CBS decided when faced with Alabama for game 5 in 2014 that us versus #1 MSU was the bigger guarantee draw
    than an Iron Bowl with teams with losses.
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    Re: New to the Tide: Gameday ?'s

    Thanks! I hope you are right. We are landing in Birmingham at 11:30 am the day of the Texas AM game. 2:30 or 6:15 is fine by me. Now to figure out how to get tickets.

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    Re: New to the Tide: Gameday ?'s

    Quote Originally Posted by B1GMark View Post
    Thanks! I hope you are right. We are landing in Birmingham at 11:30 am the day of the Texas AM game. 2:30 or 6:15 is fine by me. Now to figure out how to get tickets.
    1) StubHub
    2) Scalpers outside the stadium

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    Re: New to the Tide: Gameday ?'s

    Quote Originally Posted by selmaborntidefan View Post
    2) Scalpers outside the stadium
    If you go this route, make sure you deal with someone who has a Tuscaloosa business license. It should be on a lanyard around their neck. If they don't have a business license, you are more likely to be dealing with fake tickets, which has become an increasing problem over the last few years.
    Last edited by drwho; April 12th, 2018 at 09:01 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drwho View Post
    If you go this route, make sure you deal with someone who has a Tuscaloosa business. It should be on a lanyard around their neck. If they don't have a business license, you are more likely to be dealing with fake tickets, which has become an increasing problem over the last few years.
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    Re: New to the Tide: Gameday ?'s

    Also, parking at University Mall and taking the shuttle is much easier than fighting the traffic on campus on game days. That's what my wife does. The bus drops you off at the southeast corner of the stadium.

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