September 29, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide fans during the second quarter against the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

Alabama Crimson Tide Student Attendance At Lowest Rate Since 2009

The Alabama Crimson Tide are one of the top teams in the nation and will be playing for a spot in the BCS National Championship. While the Crimson Tide have been taking down their opponents at Bryant-Denny Stadium, they have been doing so in front of the smallest crowds the university has produced since 2009.

According to a report from Alabama’s student newspaper The Crimson White, the upper deck at Bryant-Denny Stadium has seen it’s lowest attendance rate in the past three years.


Citing information from The University of Alabama under an open-records request, the CW reports that just 69.4 percent of the student tickets sold for 2012 season were actually used. The Tide’s final two games against Western Carolina and Auburn were the two lowest-attended games in the student section with just under 6,000 students showing up for the WCU game, the lowest student attendance for a game at Bryant-Denny since 2008.

After the stadium was expanded from 92,012 to 101,821 seats for the 2010 season, student seating was increased from 15,000 seats to 17,000, with all tickets continuing to sell out quickly over the summer.

While attendance is at a low point, Alabama associate athletic director for media relations Doug Walker said that there have been no discussions to reduce the number of tickets given to students.

One positive from the Crimson White’s report is that “students have the option to donate tickets to a donation pool or transfer them to another student and unused tickets count against a student’s eligibility to purchase post-season tickets as well as student ticket packages for subsequent seasons.”

If students can’t turn out for a team competing for a national championship, then perhaps it is time to re-evaluate the number of tickets the university is handing out to students.

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  • Jeremy Ryan

    I don’t know how every game I have gone to the lower bowl student section is packed and the upper-deck isn’t empty at all.

  • disqus_VbNB9B4DfI

    Probably because they play games during a holiday maybe too? Duh. College administrators.. not geniuses. Fewer student tix is the answer. Sell them to the boosters on the waiting list. C’mon.

  • Ash

    I am a student at Alabama. I can tell you first hand that if you buy a ticket, it’s certainly no easy task not to go to the games. For every ticket that you buy and do not donate to another student or do not attend the game for which you purchased it, you get penalized. If you get penalized more than only 3 points, it makes you ineligible to purchase a ticket package for the next season. Also, the seats usually seem full, however, I have noticed more students leaving at halftimes when we are winning by a significant amount!

  • DC

    So what your saying is 100% of tickets sold but only 69.7 percent actually show up to the games? Seems like to me that’s not a problem at all. At least not for the Athletic department. So really what your telling me is there are on average 30,000 seats empty but paid for? … I’m sure there are a lot of people that would love to go to a game but cant afford the tickets, so really… some system should be available to give those tickets away as a donation to those that are willing to show for the game and if not then who really cares or can do anything about it?

    • Jeremy Ryan

      Well there is a system in place to donate your tickets to other students problem is the Auburn game was thanksgiving weekend and no one wanted to leave their families to watch that this year and the Western Carolina game was the week before thanksgiving when most teachers are getting ready to give the last test before Finals so people were probably a little busy

  • ross

    Student here at Alabama. The problem here is that we schedule blowout games like western Carolina at 11 am in the morning and auburn at 2 pm. no one wants to go to those kind of blowout games. but we still go. I went to both games and I can assure you, the Greek section was completely packed. maybe the upper decks were not as full as they should be, but then again, who wants to sit all the way up there for WCU. but that’s just my opinion as a student