Where have the Tide fans all gone?
The Alabama Crimson Tide have been so dominant at home this season that it’s not just opponents that they’ve run out of Bryant-Denny Stadium—it’s also their fans.
Update: Friday, Oct. 25 - 4:34 p.m. ET
According to AL.com's Melissa Brown, Alabama has decided to suspend 20 of 36 block-seating sections just for this weekend's contest against Tennessee:
The University of Alabama suspended the block seating privileges of 20 student organizations Friday afternoon following a review of the student section during last week's game against Arkansas.
The suspension, the first sanction against all organizations, will only be in effect during Saturday's Tennessee game.
--END OF UPDATE--
So much so, that sights like this have become common ground among the student sections during home games.
According to The Crimson White’s Marc Torrence, SGA president Jimmy Taylor has pleaded with organizations that have block seating to show up and stay. In an e-mail sent to leaders of these organizations, Taylor even hinted at the possibility of having these seating privileges revoked:
'Administrators will review photos and film of the student section from the games,' the email stated. 'Seating will be taken away from those organizations, who abandon reserved seating. I have also been informed that this is a ‘pilot year’ for SOS and if sections do not remain full, this will likely be the final year of Student Organization Seating.'
It’s not like the students haven’t been warned. Earlier this season, the school placed free fans on the seats with the message “Play for 4, Stay for 4” on them:
Students were greeted with fans that said "play for 4 stay for 4" on their seats when they got in the stadium: pic.twitter.com/mPo9JQOnAs
— Marc Torrence (@marctorrence) September 28, 2013
Guess that wasn’t enough.
To the students’ credit though, the Tide faithful haven’t really been treated to the most entertaining slate of games this season.
Nobody in their right mind is going to come running into Bryant-Denny Stadium to see the team demolish the likes of Colorado State, Georgia State and Chattanooga.
In fact, during Alabama’s five home contests played thus far, the team has won by a combined margin of 153-9.
But head coach Nick Saban isn’t buying the excuses:
Nick Saban called out fans for leaving a 52-0 win early. "All you have to do is come to the game, drink beer ... party in the parking lot."
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 25, 2013
Who doesn’t like to watch football, drink beers and party? It’s not like you can do such things in the air-conditioned dorms.