Here’s how to enjoy the Iron Bowl in Birmingham socially-distanced

We miss the days of full stadiums, what about you? Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Our stomachs are stuffed, we’ve shopped our hearts out and now it’s time for the day Auburn and Alabama fans look forward to all year: the Iron Bowl. Whether you’re cheering for the Tigers or the Tide, there are plenty of ways to have fun today while staying safe. Keep reading for 7 socially-distanced ways to enjoy the Iron Bowl in Birmingham. 

If you haven’t been keeping up with college football, a pretty big event is happening today.

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

When: Saturday, November 28, 2:30 PM

Showing on: CBS and CBS Sports

1. Host a virtual watch party to enjoy the Iron Bowl in Birmingham

People sitting with popcorn and a remote on a couch
Pop the popcorn, pour a drink, and get ready for the most entertainment we may have all year. Photo via jeshoots.com on Unsplash

You might not be gathering with your friends outside of Jordan Hare or Bryant Denny, but you can still turn the game into a chance to catch up. Set up a Zoom link so everyone can cheer together while being socially distanced.

2. Concoct a Birmingham cocktail 

orange rum cocktail for enjoying the Iron Bowl in Birmingham while staying socially distanced
I could use a War Eagle Rump Punch right about now, how about you? Photo via Domagoj Horak on Unsplash

Stressful moments throughout the game will call for a fun distraction—like a delicious cocktail that pairs perfectly with nachos and burgers. Plus, what better to support your team than toasting with a themed drink?

Be sure to send this post to your friends to share the recipes, so you can all share a drink from afar.

3. Sport your team’s gear 

Auburn and Alabama gear in Bama Fever - Tiger Pride for enjoying the Iron Bowl in Birmingham socially distanced
Talk about a house divided. Photo via Bama Fever – Tiger Pride on Facebook

You don’t have to be in a stadium of orange and blue or crimson and white to show school spirit. Pick up your team’s shirt or jersey and take a selfie to share with fellow fans.

Looking for a local store to grab a jersey? Here are a few of our picks:

4. Decorate your house to show your support

Auburn football helmet on field - Birmingham Iron Bowl
Don’t keep the logos on the helmets—hang up flags and banners. Photo via Auburn Football on Facebook

While you’re picking up your Auburn jersey or your Bama sweatshirt, don’t forget to grab a flag or yard sign. Hang your sign in the front yard, and be on the lookout for who in your neighborhood is cheering on your team. 

5. Start a touchdown tradition to celebrate the Iron Bowl in Birmingham

Alabama football player making a touchdown
Turn touchdowns into even more reason to celebrate with a fun touchdown tradition. Photo via Alabama Football on Facebook

Part of the fun of watching football games? The traditions of cheering fans. Even though we’ll be watching at home this year, there are still plenty of traditions to add to your day. 

Try out a touchdown tradition—every time your team scores a touchdown, you can take a sip of your favorite drink, eat a cookie, or yell so loud everyone in the neighborhood knows who you’re cheering for.

6. Tailgate at home with your favorite game day foods

Vegan mushroom tacos from Underground Vegan
No meat, no problem. Photo via Underground Vegan on Facebook

Is there anything better than delicious tailgating appetizers? From classic pizzas to vegan tacos, there are plenty of local restaurants serving up food that’ll make your game day at home one to remember.

7. Fire up the grill

Cross-section of burgers with Dale's seasoning - tailgate recipe idea for Iron Bowl in Birmingham
Who needs takeout when you can make food this good? Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Not in the mood to pick up any food? Don’t put away your cookware just yet—fire up the grill and try making a delicious burger. If you’re all cooked out, pull out some leftovers to make a turkey sandwich, or just eat your pie… we won’t judge.

Who are you cheering on today? Let us know by tagging @bhamnow on social!