STUDENTS REACT TO LIMITED SEATING FOR A-DAY

<p>Story by WVUA 23’s Maria Blough.</p><div></div><p>The current renovation of Bryant-Denny stadium means A-Day at the University of Alabama is going to be different this year.</p><div></div><p><p>Come April 18, 2020, only 30,000 to 35,000 fans will get to watch the game from inside the stadium due to ongoing construction. It usually can hold more than 100,000 people.</p><p>Students had mixed feelings on the limit.<b><br></b></p><p dir=”ltr”>“It’s definitely disappointing that we won’t have as many seats especially for someone like me who is a senior who was planning to go,” Avery Watson said.</p><p>UA freshman Russell Jiles said he worried how crowd size would impact the atmosphere.</p><p>“It’s my first A-Day, so I guess I’m still excited, but I feel like it might not be the same being that it’s less people that can actually go to the game, so you don’t get the same environment,” Jiles said.</p><p>Other students disagreed.</p><p>“As long as there’s still support there and as long as the hype is still there, I don’t think it matters that much,” Jen Watson said.</p></p><p> </p>

<p>Although renovations to Bryant-Denny are expected to finish by the fall, some students felt the money used for the stadium’s facelift could’ve been spent on other things.</p><p dir=”ltr”>“I don’t think it needs any construction, but I feel like the money could go toward different things for the school but whatever is best for the school,” Ivy Russeau said. “I think we will like it when it’s done.”</p><p>Watson, a music major, agreed. “We need new pianos really badly, so you know, as a biased opinion, we could have used the money better,” she said.</p><p>Students graduating in May worried more about how the renovations will impact their photos.</p><p>“It’s definitely disappointing because you want to take graduation pictures in front of the stadium, but I think it’s going to be great for the university as a whole,” Watson said.</p><p dir=”ltr”>The renovations are expected to be done by the home opener against Georgia State in September.</p>

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