Tuscaloosa, AL (WVUA)- Alabama’s annual fan day kicked off Saturday afternoon surrounded by eager fans ready to get a glimpse of the 2018 football team and beloved head coach Nick Saban.

Although the event was free, athletics provide 150 lucky fans the opportunity to get a head start on the field to get players and coaches autographs following practice. Many people traveled the distance just to ensure they were among that number.

Deric Faria and Ashley Monaghan said they came to Tuscaloosa Friday night around 7 PM and camped out ahead of Saturday’s event.

Tasha Rogers and her family had been standing in line since 4 AM even with her 19-month-old son to be among the first 150 people in line to get a wrist band for early entry onto the field.

In all fans only get 45 minutes to get autographs, one fan shared why it’s worth the hassle to get those prized colored wrist bands.

“They give us 15 minutes on the field before anyone else. It’s the best because everyone runs for  Nick Saban and when you get on the field you can’t get any other autographs because there are so many people here so get the first 150 people you’re lucky”, said Ashley Monaghan.

One family was handed the last colored wrist bands to get out on the field. The mother says she couldn’t wait to cherish the moment with her son.

The Title Sponsor for this year’s fan day was the newly named Julio Jones Mazda and Kia dealership.

“We kinda want to give back, his (Julio’s) message to us is to not just put people in cars but try to do things for the community and try to give back to this culture, we love it, “ said Corey Miller Jr..

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