Three years ago in Nick Saban’s first season as head coach at Alabama, 92,000 fans showed up at Bryant-Denny for the annual Spring Game known as A-Day. I took a lot of heat from Tide fans after criticizing them for packing the house for a meaningless intrasquad scrimmage. They must have taken my words to heart because attendance slipped to 78,000 for the ’08 Spring Game. Well now that they’ve been to back-to-back title games and won a national championship, attendance for the Spring Game is back up. I’m just disappointed that Alabama couldn’t pack the house this year.
An announced crowd of 91,312 people were on hand to witness the Bama scrimmage. That’s impressive and all, but I think the biggest question here has to be what happened to the other 800 fans? Three years ago they had to turn fans away from the gate. Now they’re winning national championships and not even filling the house to capacity. Have Bama fans gone soft? Are they just taking their success for granted? Come on, Tide fans, I expect better from you.