How fans are celebrating college game day across Alabama by a student

students wearing masks in the stadium at an Auburn game
Students masking up with Aubie at Jordan-Hare stadium. Photo via Lilla Burns

For those who feel the start of a chill in the air, see a few leaves change color and immediately long for football with a side of tailgating—have no fear. All across the state students and fans alike are enjoying Saturdays their own way. Whether it’s cheering on their team in the stadium at 25% capacity, or at a socially distanced watch party, see how students at Auburn and Alabama are celebrating game day in COVID fashion. 

Game on 🏈

Bryant-Denny football stadium at 25% capacity.
Bryant-Denny Stadium filled at 25% capacity at the start of Saturday’s game. Photo via Maddy Taylor

If you score a ticket into the game, the stadium experience at Auburn and Alabama are very similar. When arriving at the stadium, you’ll be met with virtually zero crowds—if you’ve ever been to a football game, you know that’s pretty unheard of. With a fraction of the normal capacity, a safe space has been created for all game goers. 

With all paperless tickets, entering the game is a bit different. Fans have the ticket on their phones while they’re scanned in behind a plexiglass screen. All seats are in groups set up six feet apart. The student section is also closely monitored to make sure everyone is #maskedup.

Football for kicks

A family wearing masks in the stadium at an Alabama football game.
A family of Bama fans catching Saturday’s game in their distanced seating. Photo via Jordan Hewitt

For those who aren’t lucky enough to experience the game in real time, watch parties are the move. The always present “tent cities” aren’t making appearances on campuses this fall. That being said, all tailgating is pretty much being done from everyone’s respective homes. 

Picking up some Jim ‘N Nicks, or whatever tailgating food floats your boat is essential for every watch party. If your eyes aren’t glued to the game, lots of people enjoy a nice game of cornhole or simply hang out with friends and take in the crisp fall day. 

The huddle is real

Students in the stadium at an Auburn football game.
A group of Auburn fans enjoying the Kentucky game at Jordan-Hare. Photo via Frances Cheatham

Game days have given many people a much-needed taste of normalcy. Being in a family from the South that loves the SEC, not having a game to watch would likely make me feel like something’s missing.

Getting even a little glimpse of the game-day experience is really all some of us could ask for. There’s truly nothing like tailgating with some great friends and a little football to make the best of a Saturday.

Birmingham, how are you celebrating game day COVID style? Tag us on social @BhamNow and let us know! 

Grace Howe
Grace Howe
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