After following COVID-19 protocol for the past two years, The University of Alabama is ready to host a fully packed stadium for this year’s A-Day. Kickoff is at 2PM on Saturday, April 16 in Bryant-Denny Stadium. This year’s game will honor two special guests who made history during their time at UA. Read on to find out more.
All About A-Day
The University of Alabama’s annual A-Day game is a tradition fans look forward to and many travel from all over for it every year. After being canceled in 2020 and only at half capacity in 2021, A-Day is expected to bring over 80,000 spectators to this year’s spring game.
Fans are looking forward to watching this year’s new recruiting class as well as some highly ranked transfers, including Jermaine Burton from The University of Georgia, Jahmyr Gibbs from Georgia Tech and Eli Ricks from Louisiana State University.
The game will be the team’s 15th practice of the year and will be broadcast on SEC Network, but this year’s A-Day is much more than just a football game.
Honoring Football Legends
Fans should plan to arrive early in Tuscaloosa, because you won’t want to miss former University of Alabama football players John Mitchell and Wilbur Jackson being honored at this year’s A-Day. They made history by paving the way for Black athletes at the university.
Jackson was the first Black football player to receive a scholarship in 1970, and Mitchell was the first to play the field in a game in 1971. Mitchell and Jackson both went on to become team captains and work in the NFL.
The two will be honored with a plaque before the Walk of Champions as well as an on-field recognition at halftime.
Rain or Shine
Those planning to attend A-Day should be sure to pack an umbrella! The Crimson Tide will play rain or shine, but with a 90% chance of rain at kickoff, spectators should be prepared.
Make sure to stick around after the football game and catch no. 4 ranked Alabama Softball as they take on Mississippi State at Rhoads Stadium at 4PM.
Schedule of Events
- 12PM—Bryant-Denny gate open for fans
- 12:30PM—John Mitchell and Wilbur Jackson recognized with a commemorative plaque
- 1PM—Walk of Champions
- 2PM—A-Day kickoff
- Halftime—John Mitchell and Wilbur Jackson on-field recognition
- 4PM—Alabama vs. Mississippi State Softball
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