Fans flock to Tuscaloosa for tailgating and the Tide

By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Giselle Hood

The Crimson Tide is back, and fans eagerly flocked to the University of Alabama campus ahead of fall’s first football game Saturday, Sept. 3.

Tailgating on the Quad is a long-standing tradition that brings people from across the country to Tuscaloosa. Accommodating that many fans in one place requires a lot of coordination and Gameday Done Right is no stranger to the task. The tailgating company based in Alabama takes care of everything from tents to TVs and catering.

“We come out. We have the tents, the tables, the chairs, and TVs,” said Gameday Done Right Operation Coordinator Kamilla Edgar. “We do catering, drinks, ice chests. We do it all. So all they have to bring are the people and fun.”

Celebrating game day isn’t just a UA campus event. Fans park their RVs in lots across Tuscaloosa, including at Coaches Corner RV Park on Hargrove Road. There, WVUA 23 came across plenty of fans excited for the festivities ahead.

“We bought barbecue, so we’re just going to do barbecue and sides,” said Alabama football fan Valerie Thigpen. “We’ll probably hang out with our friends who have televisions outside and it’ll be football all day long.”

Like many, Thigpen’s group has been tailgating for years and visits Tuscaloosa frequently. Tide fans come for their love of football, Southern cooking and most importantly, a sense of community.

“It’s like one big family here,” said Florida resident Cathy Defant. “At night we’re all carrying drinks and talking and walking our dogs. It’s a lot of fun.”

Bryant-Denny Stadium seats about 100,000 fans, but many who travel to Tuscaloosa for tailgating don’t attend the game, making the Tide’s impact on the city even larger.

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