For the football season, many aspects of gameday remain the same as last year. However, due to construction of buildings and a growing student body, the University has made a few changes and enhancements to the gameday plans for Fall. Please read below for questions and answers relating to this year’s changes. Should you have any further questions, please visit our feedback page.

Traffic

Parking

RV’s

The Quad

UA Student Parking

Traffic

Q. What are the gameday street closings this year?

A. The same sections of University Boulevard, Bryant Drive and a few other streets in the core of campus will close on gameday like last year. Also, 7th Avenue (from Capstone Drive to Campus Drive West) and Marr’s Spring Road close three hours prior to kick-off. Again, these two roads will be closed to enhance pedestrian safety in those areas of campus on gameday. Also, Bryant Drive (from 7th Avenue to 10th Avenue) closes three hours prior to kickoff instead of two hours prior. Click here for a complete list of street closings.

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Q. What time do the above streets close on gameday?

A. The streets noted in the question above are closed three hours prior to kickoff for pedestrian safety reasons. Anyone with a reserve parking pass can still enter any of the gameday closed-off streets. These streets re-open approximately one and a half hours after the end of the game. Click here for a complete list of street closings.

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Q. What are the one-way streets on campus?

A. The following streets become one-way streets exclusively for post-game traffic. Campus Drive East will be one-way east bound to Helen Keller Drive after the game. Campus Drive West will be one-way west bound to McCorvey Drive, and McCorvey Drive will be one-way heading north toward Hackberry Lane. Click here to go to the Maps page.

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Q. Where do I receive traffic information on gameday?

A. There will be a higher level of coordination between all traffic entities. Follow our Twitter and Facebook pages for up to the minute updates or tune into either the pre-game and post-game radio shows or 103.3 FM for traffic updates. 

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Parking

Q. What areas on campus are open to the public for parking?

A. There is a great deal of parking on the east side of campus, including the paved Soccer Lot and several grass parking lots. These are staffed lots and cost $20 per vehicle. They are serviced by the Crimson Ride Transit System. Click here to see the parking map.

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Q. What is the Crimson Ride Shuttle System and how does it work?

A. The Crimson Ride Shuttle System is the University’s on-campus transit system. Starting approximately three hours prior to kickoff, there will be 17 Crimson Ride buses that will be running gameday routes for fans. These buses will pick up at pre-determined pickup locations and will take fans to the southwest corner of the Quad. This service is free of charge to all fans on Gameday. Regular Crimson Ride weekend routes will run prior to the beginning of the Crimson Ride gameday routes.

After the game, the Crimson Ride will pick up fans on 9th Avenue located along the west side of The Quad. Click here to view a map with the pickup and drop-off locations.

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Q. How does the Crimson Ride Shuttle System maneuver through Gameday traffic?

A. The Gameday Routes are designed so the buses will not compete with or go the same way as Gameday traffic. There are also special bus lanes on certain roads such as Campus Drive East and a portion of Hackberry Lane. Also, there will be law enforcement in place in congested intersections to make sure that these buses have priority while traveling their routes.

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Q. What parking areas on campus which have been available in the past are no longer open to the public?

A. The Ferguson parking deck, Campus Drive parking deck and all on-campus student residential parking lots are now available only to permit holders. Also, many parallel parking areas in the core of campus are no longer available due to the implementation of the Crimson Ride Shuttle System. The Ferguson deck is reserved for faculty, staff and residential students who have an authorized permit. The Campus Drive deck is reserved for Parking for People with Disabilities and President's Cabinet. The Moody Music Lot is Tide Pride and Million Dollar Band parking.  Russell Hall, Farrah Hall and Gallalee Hall are off-limits for grass parking due to landscaping as part of the campus beautification effort.  Gordon Palmer North and South and the Baptist Student Union parking lots are now reserved for Tide Pride parking.

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Q. It appears that there is more reserved parking on campus this year than last year, is that true?

A. The residential student parking lots on campus will continue to be protected for the students who live on campus and use those lots. The SGA and the RHA requested this. The students who live on campus should have a parking space in their residential lot in case they have to leave campus to run an errand on gameday.  We have created enough additional parking areas on the east side of campus along 5th Avenue to make up for what is now reserved. These new parking areas also have access to the Crimson Ride transit system. 

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Q. Can I park along Campus Drive East or Campus Drive West?

A. To accommodate the post-game one-way streets and the Crimson Ride Shuttle System, there will be no parking on Campus Drive East or Campus Drive West.

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Q. Is there any grass parking available on campus?

A. Relative to last year, there have been minimal changes to the available grass parking areas around campus. Due to campus building and road construction, certain grass areas around Russell Hall, Farrah Hall, Gallalee Hall and KD Park are no longer available. Please be considerate of landscaped areas.

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Q. Where can I now reserve an on-campus car parking spot?

A. You can reserve an on-campus car parking spot at www.uagameday.com/football.

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RV’s

Q. Why is the on-campus RV Lot entry time 6:00 p.m. on Friday?

A. Due to the full complement of classes on Friday, many parking lots including Coleman Coliseum and the Bryant Drive lots will be used for student and faculty parking lots throughout the day. It will not be until 6:00 p.m. on Friday when the student and faculty cars are clear and RVs can enter.

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Q. If I don’t already have a reserved RV spot on campus, where can I park my RV for the gameday weekend?

A. There are many off-campus RV parking lots in close proximity to the UA campus. These lots include the Northington Campus RV lot behind Bruno’s Supermarket on McFarland, Tuscaloosa Marine Corps League RV lot on Jack Warner Parkway, Easter Seals lot on 6th Avenue East and University Mall RV parking lot. Click here to see the complete list and contact information.

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Q. Is there a shuttle system for RV’s that park on-campus?

A. Yes, the Crimson Ride Transit System will be available for all fans on Gameday and will be free of charge. Click here to see the Gameday routes and stops.

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Q. Is there a shuttle system for RV’s that park off-campus?

A. Yes, Tuscaloosa Transit will be providing shuttle service from the following area: University Mall.  Pricing depends upon location.

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The Quad

Q. Why is the set-up time on The Quad 6:00 p.m. on Friday?

A. Due to the full complement of classes on Friday, The Quad set-up time is 6:00 p.m. This is to allow UA students, faculty and staff time to clear campus and to accommodate the Crimson Ride Shuttle System, which provides transportation for UA students, faculty and staff in areas including The Quad.

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Q. When can I drop-off or pickup tailgate items near the Quad?

A. Due to the implementation of the Crimson Ride Transit System and the revamping of 9th Street and Capstone drive, 9th Avenue will be open for pickup and drop-off during the following time periods: Friday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 6:00 a.m. 8 :30 a.m. for morning games, 7:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. for afternoon games and 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for evening games. It will re-open just after kickoff and stay open until the end of the first quarter. For final pickup, it will re-open approximately two hours after the end of the game or sooner if the Crimson Ride Transit System has completed its Gameday pick-up on 9th Avenue.

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Q. Is The Quad open to the public for tailgating?

A. Tailgating will be allowed in the same areas as last year on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The University implemented a small number of reserved tailgating spots in the center of The Quad as a result of the feedback received from tailgaters in last year’s survey. These spots are located in an area on The Quad that was not highly used in years past, so as not to disrupt any tailgating traditions.  Also, there is a larger space on the east side of the Quad for the general public to tailgate in.

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Q. What other areas on campus are open to the public for tailgating besides The Quad?

A. Relative to last year, there have been no changes to tailgating areas outside of The Quad. There are many areas where fans can tailgate on the UA campus. These areas include parking lots and any open grass areas on campus.

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Q. Are there any additional restrooms around the Quad?

A. Yes, there is six restroom trailers on the north side of The Quad.  There will also be additional portable toilets in areas around The Quad. Click here to view The Quad map.

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Q. Are there any services available that will help fans set up their tailgate area on The Quad?

A. For tent setup, you can contact GameDay Tents at www.gamedaytents.com or (205) 752-8199. For catering information, you can contact Bama Dining at (205) 348-9881.

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UA Student Parking

Q. Where should a student park if he/she has a class, lab or study need on Friday after 5:00 p.m. on home game weekends?

A. As everyone on campus knows, home football games create a great deal of excitement, but also some parking congestion. The opening of reserved RV lots has been delayed from Thursday to Friday at 6:00 p.m. to try and accommodate the majority of the faculty, staff and students. However, we know that some of you work late, study late or have late classes on Friday.

While we do not want to inconvenience you, we do have RV fans coming in who have reserved the space, so we must try and balance student and faculty/staff parking needs with the RV parking demands. As a result, the following lots must be cleared at 5:00 p.m. on Fridays before home games:

  • Coleman Coliseum lot
  • Bryant Drive lot
  • Lower Recreation Center lot (except the parking in the northeast corner near the pool)
  • Softball lot
  • Lower Medical Center lot
  • Capstone Medical Center lot
  • Moody Music Lot

If your car is left in one of these RV lots, it is subject to being towed with a tow charge of $100, and it will be relocated in that lot or other lots. If you need to leave your car on campus past 5:00 p.m. on Friday, you should park in the new soccer/perimeter lot. (The Soccer Lot must be cleared by 8:00 a.m. on gameday.) Other lots on campus must be cleared by 7:00 a.m. on gameday.

Click here for the lot closure map on the Friday of Gamedays

Click here to view the Student Parking Map

 

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Q. Where can commuter students park during gameday?

A. On the weekends, regular parking rules/permits are not in place on campus. Commuter students must park in the same areas as other visiting gameday fans. Some general parking is available as noted on the gameday Parking map on the UA Gameday site, but these on-campus parking places fill up early in the day.

If students do not live in walking distance to the stadium, riding a transit shuttle from University Mall or McFarland Mall is often the best option.

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Q. What if a commuter student has a class on a Saturday?

A. Gameday officials have a list of classes that meet on Saturdays and your professor has indicated the lot where you should park. The attendant at that lot has the class list and will allow you to park there. Students who are not on a class list will not be able to park in those spaces.

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Q. Where should residential students park on gameday weekends?

A. Residential students should keep their cars in the lots that are designated for their residential area. Residential students who leave their parking areas on gameday should be aware if they return around game time, parking and traffic on campus will be more congested. Entry into the residential lots is by permit only and subject to space availability. Residential students will have to present their residential parking permit as credentials to enter the lot.

Students who live in Tutwiler and the Sorority Row area must move their cars from certain lots, Colonial Dr and the West Tutwiler lot (see RV lot map) as early as 8:00 a.m. Friday through Saturday. Spaces are available in the Barnwell Hall, Parham, Farrah and other brown/orange residential lots to accommodate those students.  They must present their orange or brown residential hangtag as a credential to park in that area.

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