The City of Tuscaloosa is hosting its first Live at the Plaza – Football Watch Party for The University of Alabama football game as they play against South Carolina this Saturday, Sept. 14. The game begins at 2:30 p.m. and the viewing begins at 1 p.m. and lasts until the end of the game.

The Alabama Department of Athletics announced on Thursday, Aug. 16, its 10-year, $600 million capital initiative, The Crimson Standard, which is designed to comprehensively elevate the student-athlete experience, recruiting efforts and the overall game-day experience for all Crimson Tide fans. The initiative includes major renovations to Bryant-Denny Stadium, Coleman Coliseum, and several other athletic facilities.

Of the many ties Nick Saban has in the coaching world, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter isn’t one of them.

The two have never worked together and have met on the field only once — a 1995 game between Michigan State and Boston College, as Saban served in his first year as head coach of the Spartans while Koetter was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles. (In case you're wondering, Saban came out on top, 25-21.)

That being said, it's easy to see how the Alabama head coach could relate with his Tampa Bay counterpart.

Some things never change.

As Alabama opened up its fall camp on Thursday, Aug. 3, the inevitable ensued. Head coach Nick Saban started his first news conference by stating the importance of accountability, both on and off the field. He recited his annual speech about self-assessment, using the familiar buzz words such as “work ethic,” “perseverance” and “discipline.”

On the field, the Crimson Tide players donned shorts and shells under the same 90-degree heat they will become accustomed to over the next month. Five-star freshmen began their battle to earn early playing time, while their veteran teammates took their first steps toward establishing newfound leadership roles. Coaches screamed and whistles blared, the same as they always have — rinse, wash, repeat.

The words out of Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman’s mouth couldn’t have sounded better to Crimson Tide fans tiring of wide receivers whipping across the field rather than down it. When asked if Alabama has used jet sweeps this offseason under first-year offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Bozeman’s answer was short and, depending on who you ask, pretty sweet, too.

“Not so far,” Bozeman told SEC Network sideline analyst Cole Cubelic during SEC Media Days.

Fans attending the 2016 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 31 are encouraged to arrive early to the stadium and not to bring bags into the Georgia Dome or any game day event location. If bags must be carried into the stadium, fans will be asked to adhere to a clear bag policy.

The enhanced security measures will also be in effect at Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl FanFest presented by Tyson in the Georgia World Congress Center prior to the game.
Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at FanFest, stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

The City of Tuscaloosa’s 311 non-emergency call center will open two hours prior to kickoff for all University of Alabama home football games.

Starting this Saturday for Alabama’s game against Western Kentucky, the call center will open at 12:30 p.m. and will close at the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

For fans of Nick Saban's University of Alabama football team, preseason hype has already translated into good news, as many scribes and gridiron seers are already forecasting the Crimson Tide to repeat as Southeastern Conference champs and successfully defend its 2015 national championship.  

The following five items, however, will be key areas to watch as Alabama seeks to reign supreme as champions of the SEC once again, and to also gain its 17th national title in 2016.  

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.



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