Alabama has had an unprecedented level of success over the past decade under coach Nick Saban.
And ahead of the Crimson Tide’s A-Day spring game this Saturday, fans can relive it all and get their picture taken with them at the Mercedes-Benz Fan Fest from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CT on the Walk of Champions outside of Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Crimson Tide Sports Network posted Monday on Twitter about the event with a map included of the precise locations of the trophies.
In addition to the four national championships – which, for Alabama, includes the College Football Playoff and coaches trophies – won under Saban, the school will have its four SEC championship trophies, two Heisman trophies and the numerous individual trophies won during the same stretch out for viewing.
In the past 10 seasons under Saban, the Crimson Tide has a 119-19 record, including nine consecutive years with at least 10 wins or more.
Alabama could have had two more trophies – another College Football Playoff trophy and coaches trophy – available for Saturday, but it lost on a last-second touchdown in last season’s national title game rematch against Clemson.
In any case, the Crimson Tide is again the early favorite to win the national championship next season. It also likely will be No. 1 or No. 2 in the preseason polls.
Alabama, according to Vegas, also will have at least a few legitimate Heisman Trophy contenders.
The Fan Fest also will feature free giveaways, musical entertainment, sampling events, the Coca-Cola Kids Zone, live radio remotes, vehicle displays, the annual UA athletic apparel/game program sale and other fun fan activities open to the general public. Former Alabama football players will also be in attendance signing free autographs in the Fan Fest.
Numerous food vendors will be open on the Walk of Champions Plaza starting at 10 a.m.
A-Day posters featuring Saban and over 40 Crimson Tide greats during the last 10 seasons, along with the 2017 schedule will be given away at the gates to the first 15,000 fans. A-Day programs highlighting the past 10 seasons of dominance will be available at a cost of $5.
For University of Alabama students, Parker 301 will be giving away 2,500 commemorative “Decade of Dominance” koozies at the stadium student entrance gates prior to the game. Koozies available while supplies last.
The Alumni Flag Football Game begins at 11:30 a.m. inside Bryant-Denny Stadium and will feature former Alabama standouts. The game is slated for two 20-minutes halves and should wrap up around 12:15 p.m.
Alabama’s Wake of Fame ceremony where 2016 team captains Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, Eddie Jackson and Cam Robinson will leave their hand and cleat prints in the concrete surrounding Denny Chimes.
The Crimson Tide will hold its Walk of Champions scheduled for 12:50 p.m. when the team arrives at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This year’s halftime entertainment will feature the Alabama Dodgeball Challenge with former Crimson Tide players squaring off in an entertaining competition.
Throughout the 2017 A-Day spring game former Crimson Tide greats, including national award winners, captains and former SEC and national championship game MVPs from the Saban era will be recognized as a part of the celebration of Saban’s decade of dominance in Tuscaloosa. Some of the Crimson Tide’s best players over the last 10 years are also expected back for the A-Day game including Allen, Foster, Robinson, Derrick Henry, C.J. Mosley, Amari Cooper, Rolando McClain, Andre Smith, Courtney Upshaw and many others.
Saban will present the spring awards to the team at midfield at the conclusion of the game. Once the team has cleared the field, for the fourth straight year at A-Day, all fans will have postgame field access and can enter through any of the four corner gates.
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