By: Kendall Frisbee

In the fall, there’s a football game taking place in Bryant-Denny almost every weekend. Despite growing up in a family of football fans, I had never really caught on to the point of the sport. Even as I root for Bama, I only really know that touchdowns plus an extra kick mean that we get to sing the fight song. However, I wouldn’t trade the three hours I spend screaming inside of the stadium for the world. Here are a few reasons why football games are some of the best events a college student can attend, even if you don’t exactly understand what’s going on!

  1. There is a strong sense of comradery between students at football games: Whether it’s singing the fight song as loud as possible or chanting “Roll Tide Roll” in between the lyrics of “Sweet Home Alabama,” games have a knack for bringing people together.
  2. It’s a great opportunity to dress up! When I envisioned my first Alabama football game, I imagined everyone sporting their red Supe Store merchandise with a pair of jeans. Little did I know, most women take these events as a chance to show off their cutest outfits. While I didn’t understand it at first, I now look forward to dressing up each weekend. 
  3.  Tailgating is a blast! There’s nothing quite like eating some barbecue and making friends out on the quad before a game. It helps everyone get excited and build some morale before cheering on the team, which is actually very important. One time I didn’t tailgate before a home game and Tua got injured. Coincidence? I think not.
  4. The Stadium Food: Don’t even get me started on the food prices within the stadium. My bank account may cry every time I spend $7 on a snack I eat in less than five minutes, but I go back to the concession stand every single time for a reason. If you can’t bring yourself to go to a game for the crimson tide, go at least once to try the jumbo pretzel.
  5. My school spirit has never been stronger:  Ask me how football works, and I will give likely the most basic answer in the history of explanations. However, experiencing an Alabama football game gives me an indescribable sense of pride for the university, and it’s not just me. I’ve noticed that my classes tend to have more people in them and students tend to be more energetic leading up to a big game or coming off from an intense win.  Whether you’ve been following Alabama football for your entire life or have never watched a single quarter, attending a home game at Bryant-Denny Stadium is a blast for everyone. Some of my favorite memories come from inside that stadium, and I know that I will make many more in there in the future. .