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Alabama adjusts student section ticket policy, happy Saban?

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(This story was edited to clarify some of the confusion over the ticket policy for this weekend.)

After coming out and suggesting those not interesting in staying for a full 60 minutes would be best suited to not come at all, it appears Alabama head coach Nick Saban‘s words have led to some changes starting this weekend for Alabama’s home game against Tennessee. Or it could just be coincidental timing.

“In some kind of way, everybody that chooses to go to the game should stay there and support the team for the game,” Saban said this week. “Maybe if you’re not interested in doing that, you should let someone else go who would really like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go.”

Message received, Saban. Alabama suspended the reserved block tickets for 20 student groups for this weekend’s game, according to a report by AL.com. Apparently it actually goes against the student seating handbook — Yes, there is a student seating handbook for football attendance at Alabama — to arrive excessively late or leave prematurely from football games. Saban took note of the lack of students in their seats during last weekend’s blowout win over Arkansas. To clarify, student tickets are not being taken away. Students will still have tickets, but seating will be on a free-for-all instead of reserved blocks for various student organizations.

Saban has a point. Alabama can make some premium bucks on those tickets from people who may be willing to stick around for more of a game, regardless of the score. Students have other activities going on to attend to on Saturday nights that often will be more enjoyable than a 52-point blowout in the fourth quarter. Saban knows that of course, but Saban needs to continue to sell his program to recruits. Perhaps Saban should realize that recruits will be more impressed by a 52-0 victory than what the students are doing.

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30 Responses to “Alabama adjusts student section ticket policy, happy Saban?”
  1. be4bama says: Oct 25, 2013 7:06 PM

    Back in my day all the fraternity pledges and there dates weren’t allowed to leave early.

  2. ancientcougar says: Oct 25, 2013 7:36 PM

    Its their, not there,

    But I guess if you are no. 1 it’s there.

    So there!

  3. overratedgators says: Oct 25, 2013 7:43 PM

    Nick Saban: he even CHIDES like a champion.

  4. be4bama says: Oct 25, 2013 7:54 PM

    Yeah I caught that as soon as I hit post. Wish we could edit.
    ROLL TIDE

  5. Anoesis says: Oct 25, 2013 8:18 PM

    Will the people who pay “premium bucks” be forced to stay ’til the end, too? It sounds like ‘Bama would lock the access gates once the game starts if it wasn’t against the law.

    “…(L)et someone else go who would really like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go.” I didn’t realize Saban had his own ticket network. Does Stub Hub know about this?

  6. vols84 says: Oct 25, 2013 8:31 PM

    Ok, so Bama is going to destroy us and I know that, but my gosh Saban never seems happy. Kind of a kill joy. Heck of a coach but an unhappy soul.

  7. imaduffer says: Oct 25, 2013 8:39 PM

    An at the next home game there will be a 2 hot dog and 2 Coke minimum besides the cover charge for each fan.

  8. dcapettini says: Oct 25, 2013 8:50 PM

    I don’t know why they bother with those pesky students anyway. They just get in the way of bigtime football and the money it needs to make. I say get rid of them altogether, except for the band; don’t want to have to pay a band. it’s not as if it was about the school anyway.

  9. steincj36 says: Oct 25, 2013 9:41 PM

    Can this be any more anti-college? Athletes have their own dorm. Dining facilities. Gyms. Own side of campus. And now students are being prevented from going to the games? How about playing some real competition, Nick?

    Georgia State? And you expect people to stay? What a joke. It’s college football. The way Alabama runs it, it’s semi pro ball.

  10. thraiderskin says: Oct 25, 2013 9:51 PM

    Good for Alabama… I liked what Saban said and I like this move even better.

  11. dcroz says: Oct 25, 2013 9:54 PM

    They’re not being prevented from going to the games; the organizations in question are having their privileges to section off a block of seats to sit as a group suspended. The students who have tickets can still go to the game, they’ll just have to arrive two hours early to lay claim to the best seats they can the same as the rest of the students.

  12. greggatx says: Oct 25, 2013 10:05 PM

    vols84 says:
    Oct 25, 2013 8:31 PM
    Ok, so Bama is going to destroy us and I know that, but my gosh Saban never seems happy. Kind of a kill joy. Heck of a coach but an unhappy soul.

    If you lived in Alabama you would be unhappy too.😳

  13. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:04 AM

    @steincj36:

    Yeah, except student tickets are not being taken away. Did you get confused by the line in the story that reads: “To clarify, student tickets are not being taken away”? But why let simple and unambiguous facts get in the way of a good whining?

    Re: the schedule…..(deep breath)….EVERY POWERHOUSE TEAM PLAYS AT LEAST ONE OR TWO NON-CONFERENCE SOFTIES! Are you complaining equally about FSU playing Bethune-Cookman? About Oregon playing Nicholls State (the same day Bama played 7-1 Virginia Tech)? About Ohio State playing Florida A&M (plus pretty much every other team on their schedule, since they haven’t played a Top 15 team since Urban has been there)? It’s time to accept that (at least for now), payday games are a part of big-time college ball. That may or may not change after the playoff gets here. We don’t have to like it, but complaining about Alabama doing something that EVERYBODY ELSE DOES is pretty disingenuous. I’ll give Oregon credit for playing two OOC games against teams from BCS conferences (although they were Tennessee and a terrible Virginia team), because no other national title contender has played more than one. That doesn’t make UO any more or less worthy, but it’s a fact.

  14. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 26, 2013 12:26 AM

    Tennessee killed block seating 40 years ago, big deal.

  15. tampabayirish says: Oct 26, 2013 12:39 AM

    It’s about the students, not making more money for the university. If they want to leave the game early…let them leave early.

  16. jdillydawg says: Oct 26, 2013 12:53 AM

    I wonder if his athletes are held to the same standard.

    Do they have to stick around for a full 60 minutes of class? And if they don’t, are their seats then opened up for others?

  17. louhudson23 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:06 AM

    Student access to tickets and the games will be unchanged. The only difference is that there will not be sections/seats reserved by groups. Students not currently members of those groups are seated(seats,not tickets) first come,first served.Under the new system,ALL students will now be seated first come, first served.Effectively ending the ability of certain students to arrive late and still have a seat reserved for them.Clear enough?

  18. 700levelvet says: Oct 26, 2013 5:29 AM

    Nothing to see here… Well, except Saban and his Napoleon complex…

  19. chiadam says: Oct 26, 2013 8:17 AM

    You never win when you take on fans. I don’t care who you are. They were here before you; they will be here after you. Just let them do as they please with their ticket. Or, in keeping with Alabama’s sacred tradition, suspend all fans for the first quarter against North Dakota A&M or some other giant.

  20. 35longmiles says: Oct 26, 2013 8:18 AM

    loudhudson23 says:
    Oct 26, 2013 4:06 AM
    Student access to tickets and the games will be unchanged. The only difference is that there will not be sections/seats reserved by groups. Students not currently members of those groups are seated(seats,not tickets) first come,first served.Under the new system,ALL students will now be seated first come, first served.Effectively ending the ability of certain students to arrive late and still have a seat reserved for them.Clear enough?
    ———–
    The only thing here that is clear is that, at 4:06 am, you’re too fucking stoned to grasp the basic use of the space bar after periods and commas. Shouldn’t your comments be in ALL CAPS as well? When you awake from those 27 bong hits, begin to explore the ramifications of shitty punctuation or be sentenced to a lifetime of low paying service industry jobs.

  21. illicitbehavior says: Oct 26, 2013 8:47 AM

    The only thing here that is clear is that, at 4:06 am, you’re too fucking stoned to grasp the basic use of the space bar after periods and commas. Shouldn’t your comments be in ALL CAPS as well? When you awake from those 27 bong hits, begin to explore the ramifications of shitty punctuation or be sentenced to a lifetime of low paying service industry jobs.

    Good luck with all that anger, douchebag.

  22. erdessy says: Oct 26, 2013 8:49 AM

    The part in this article about selling these seats for a premium is flat out wrong. The tickets will still go to the students (at student prices) it is just they can’t reserve a block of seats to sit together as an organization. Just bad reporting.

  23. 35longmiles says: Oct 26, 2013 9:03 AM

    illicitbehavior says:
    Oct 26, 2013 8:47 AM
    The only thing here that is clear is that, at 4:06 am, you’re too fucking stoned to grasp the basic use of the space bar after periods and commas. Shouldn’t your comments be in ALL CAPS as well? When you awake from those 27 bong hits, begin to explore the ramifications of shitty punctuation or be sentenced to a lifetime of low paying service industry jobs.

    Good luck with all that anger, douchebag.
    ———
    While it’s notable that your punctuation is flawless, it’s painfully obvious that you toil at a low paying service industry job. Have a great day…and life.

  24. stayclassyasheville says: Oct 26, 2013 9:12 AM

    What’s next? Regulating their use of the restrooms?
    Sorry, you’ve already used your bathroom privileges.
    What a joke!

  25. mikeinalabama says: Oct 26, 2013 9:23 AM

    As justly pointed out in discussion yesterday on WJOX 94.5: (1) after reviews of tapes showing which sections emptied out early, it was discovered that the ‘offenders’ of handbook policy were certain ‘Greek’ social organizations (who should therefore have sufficient cohesion to deal with this issue); and (2) there are thousands of non-student hard-working Alabamians who don’t get to buy tickets to attend these games and who’d love the opportunity, and it would be only fair to give them a shot if this situation continues. Your article fails to quote Nick Saban’s full explanation, and thus loses the context. Saban’s point was, the football team members work their butts off, 7am to 11pm, to make this sports entertainment available to students and all the students have to do is do their part of being on the “team,” by showing up on time and sitting thru the game. Support those second and third string players when their turn comes on the field; they work just as hard during the week. Not too much to ask.

  26. longhoneymoon says: Oct 26, 2013 10:17 AM

    Saban is a perfectionist. Here he’s further perfecting the Alabama game day experience, with recruiting in mind.

    Ridicule him now all you want. He’ll get the last laugh in February when he signs his next #1 recruiting class…

  27. dhardy8207 says: Oct 26, 2013 12:28 PM

    mikeinalabama says:

    “there are thousands of non-student hard-working Alabamians who don’t get to buy tickets to attend these games and who’d love the opportunity, and it would be only fair to give them a shot if this situation continues. ”

    ————————————————–

    Amen!…. I used to buy season ticket packages but because of my job it got to the point that I couldn’t make all the home games. Now that I don’t buy a season package, it is very difficult to find good seats for any home game…

  28. Deb says: Oct 26, 2013 1:55 PM

    The only thing happening here is that the Frat kids can’t reserve a block of seats so they can all hang together in the stadium and leave en masse for the frat party before the game is over. Poor babies, they’ll have to line up for their seats with the rest of the rank-and-file students.

    Gosh, that Nick Saban is such a meanie putting all the kids on equal footing. He’s just ruining the stadium experience for everyone. Next thing you know, he’ll be regulating bathroom privileges and the frat kids will have to use the porcelain toilets like everyone else instead of the gold one in the corner stall. :roll:

  29. onsidekicker says: Oct 27, 2013 7:37 AM

    Good luck with this generation of college students. You might as well tell a bird not to fly.

  30. dhardy8207 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:48 AM

    Well the students responded beautifully to coach Saban’s request and after the game he and some of the players went by the student section to show their appreciation.

    Best sign in the stadium said; Coach Saban we’ll stay 60 minutes for you if you’ll stay forever for us…

    Roll Tide!….

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