Over the weekend I made the just under three hour drive from Atlanta to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the University of Alabama is located. I was going to see the Mississippi Rebels take on the Crimson Tide, something I blogged about the other day HERE. Yes Mom, I drove slow and had two hands on the wheel the entire time.
It looked like a college town to me, with every commercial shop and restaurant right off the highway, and then the traditional campus about 5 miles deep. I parked my car and walked around for a while before heading over to the arena. I enjoyed the openness of the campus and all the brick buildings. I felt it was pretty easy to get around as everything was in quadrants and straight streets.
I spent most of my time looking at the athletic facilities, like baseball and softball field and the Tennis complex. The football stadium is massive, but on major lockdown and I could not get into it. As you can see by the pictures below, there football is a big deal at Alabama and they honor all their captains and past championships in different ways.
The “Ferg” is what the campus has nicknamed their student center, and I walked around it for a bit. There is everything you could want inside from food, to shopping to entertainment. My biggest complaint about most campuses in the country is that the parking is always a nightmare. At Alabama, they don’t care who parks where on weekends, so it made for a nicer experience.
One the best things of the day was that I was able to “sneak” into Foster Auditorium. This building was just renovated and will be used for Women’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball. I have included pictures below. This venue was used almost 50 years ago for all indoor sports to play their contests.
Driving back to Atlanta after the game, I realized how there are many more things in the South I have not experienced, and need to take advantage of the opportunities while I am down here and able to. Hope you enjoy my pictures and as always, please stop back for more entries.
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by Sparky Anderson