April 14, 2024

News from around our 50 states


Tuscaloosa: Ripple effects from the COVID-19 pandemic will vastly reduce the carnival-like spectacle for Saturday’s 2020 University of Alabama home football opener. Just 20% of the 101,821 full capacity of Bryant-Denny Stadium will be allowed into the game, following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alabama Department of Public Health. And to provide social distancing, there will be no tailgating, no Walk of Fame, no Elephant Stomp. The Million Dollar Band will perform with just 96 members, instead of all 400, and only from the stands. There’ll be no half-time performance on the field. And while the 20,000-ish ticketholders will still make cheerful noise, among that murmur won’t be the cry of hawkers offering fistfuls of crimson paper. All ticketing is electronic. Ticket holders received notifications via email, allowing for download to Google Pay Wallet or Apple Wallet on their smartphones.