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Alabama Edges Auburn in Spring Game Attendance, Draws 73,506 Fans

Apr 19, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  A young Alabama Crimson Tide fan during the A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
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Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2014

When it comes to spring football, there's only one phrase that can sum up which school has the most support for its team: 

Roll Tide. 

The Alabama Crimson Tide held its 2014 A-Day game on Saturday and announced an attendance of 73,506 fans to Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

According to Andrew Holleran of College Spun, Alabama's attendance mark is the highest in the nation this spring, with Penn State ranking second at 72,000 and Alabama's archrival Auburn ranking third at 70,645. 

One thing that stood out is that, although the Crimson Tide now lead the nation in spring game attendance this year, the showing was the lowest in Nick Saban's tenure with Alabama, according to Duane Rankin of The Montgomery Advertiser. 

This spring is also the first spring in three years that the Crimson Tide aren't the defending national champions, so that may have played a part in there being a dip in attendance to this year's A-Day game. 

You also can't discount the fact that this weekend is a holiday weekend, and some fans may have elected to stay home and spend Easter with their families. 

However, that still hasn't stopped the fans arriving in droves. According to BamaOnline, since 2007 the Crimson Tide have a higher average attendance at A-Day than the top NFL team during the regular season. 

According to Michael Casagrande of AL.com, crowds at Alabama's A-Day game have steadily dropped since 2010 when a record-setting 92,312 people showed up. 

Alabama A-Day Crowds
YearAttendance
201473,506
201378,315
201278,526
201192,310
201092,312
200984,050
200878,200
2007 (Saban's first year)92,138
200640,000
200525,000
AL.com

Nevertheless, Alabama still got more fans than anybody else in the country to show up to its spring game, and the Crimson Tide are bound to be contenders for the College Football Playoff this season. 

SB Nation provided attendance numbers for spring games across the country.  Georgia Tech's fans were noticeably absent on Friday. 

 

 

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