Alabama suspends student block seating for home opener

Jan 19, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Cheerleader fly a flag celebrating back to back National Championship wins outside Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide open up their home schedule this weekend against Colorado State after a neutral site season-opener against Virginia Tech and last weekend’s big win against the Texas A&M Aggies, but the student seating at Bryant Denny Stadium won’t be what we are accustomed to seeing.

University of Alabama SGA president Jimmy Taylor let everyone know earlier this week that the usual student block seating has been suspended for the home-opener.

With the block seating in the past, fraternities were getting the priority seats in the endzones, but that will all change this Saturday.

“I feel it is my duty as SGA president to foster togetherness and represent all students,” Taylor said, via al.com. “With this in mind, I feel it is appropriate to suspend Student Organization Seating for this Saturday’s football game against Colorado State. As a university, we have seen significant growth in recent years; however, as we continue to grow bigger, we must also grow better.”

The move is also being made to silence the alleged discrimination towards sororities and ensure that the student body comes together as one.

“As you know, our campus has been the subject of attention for alleged discrimination within the Greek system,” Taylor said. “I want to address the situation and do my best to foster a sense of inclusiveness and diversity in all areas of campus. I want to commend the leaders who stood up for what they knew was right, and those who continue to extend the conversation. This type of selfless leadership is essential in moving the campus forward.”

It’s a smart move by the university and one that the students will surely enjoy when they get to enter the stadium and enjoy what should be a beatdown of the Rams in front of the ‘Bama home crowd.

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Football, Sec Football

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