Alabama Football Fans’ Guide to the Texas Tide Game
Alabama fans, are you ready for a big game?
The Crimson Tide will arrive in Austin this weekend ready to take on Texas for the first time in more than a decade since Bama won the national title in California. And it’s a morning kick, so set your alarms.
This is the first in the teams home-and-home series, replacing the typical out-of-conference matchup at Tide’s neutral site, you better take advantage of it. Austin is a unique American city with a rich culture, including some of the best cuisine and music in the country, not to mention football.
We hope you travel safely, enjoy the game, and find out what you need to know about Gameday in Austin (thanks in large part to information posted by the official texas gameday website).
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Alabama defeated Utah State 55-0 at Bryant-Denny Stadium to open the season. But Tide’s road back to the college football playoffs only gets more complicated from here, starting with Saturday’s road test in Austin where they will face Texas for the first time since the BCS championship game. in Pasadena in 2010.
The Tide picked up a 37-21 win over the Longhorns to secure the program’s 13th national title, Nick Saban’s first of six as Alabama head coach. His former offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who helped organize Tide’s dominating 2020 championship run, hopes to lead Texas to a shock win over his former team, currently favored by 20 points. Either way, fans in Texas are delighted, with football season ticket sales for the 2022 season breaking an all-time high, eclipsing the previous mark of 63,279 set in 2019.
Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young picked up where he left off with a dominating performance in Game 1 of the season, accounting for six total touchdowns, and the defense kicked a shutout. Can Bama ride the wave of momentum throughout the Lone Star State? Will Texas hand Sark a decisive win and put the Longhorns back on the map? We will find out on Saturday.
VENUE: Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 100,119)
BEVO SHOW: 8am
OPEN DOORS : 9 am
B-52 OVERVIEW: 10:55
TO START UP: 11am
ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY
ESPN’s weekly college football pregame show will air live from the LBJ Lawn from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Catch host Rece Davis with analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack as they help set the stage for the Alabama-Texas game and beyond. of Saturday’s action. Above all, catch the fans in the ever-hilarious homemade panels that help create one of the best live atmospheres in sports.
FOX BIG NOON KICK OFF
You can also catch Fox’s weekly pre-game show “Big Noon Kickoff” with host Rob Stone and analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer. The will air live at 9-10 a.m. from the Hook ‘Em Hangout and will feature celebrity guests and giveaways for fans.
PARKING / TRAFFIC
If you plan to travel to Austin for the game, it will take you approximately 11 hours via Interstate 20 West from Tuscaloosa. Drive carefully.
The official Texas gameday site has provided helpful maps for the following:
You can join thousands of Tide and Longhorn fans, the Longhorn Band, Texas Cheer & Pom and Hook ‘Em on the Forty Acres. Texas fans always celebrate Bevo’s arrival with the Bevo Parade three hours before kickoff (8 a.m.). You can also watch the Texas football team for 2.5 hours for kickoff at the Stadium Stampede.
Bevo Blvd. also lets fans catch the Longhorn Network’s Texas GameDay live stream two hours before kickoff, and families can enjoy interactive games, Texas lore photo ops, and kid-friendly activities. fans of all ages. There’s even a 180-foot-long zipline, and you can play Hook ‘Em Ring, a Texas version of “ring on a string.”
Located at the north end of DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium along DeLoss Dodds Way, this fan experience connects Bevo Blvd and Longhorn City Limits. Named after UT’s iconic Smokey the Cannon, the zone features midway games with prizes, interactive attractions, fair-style food, and more. It also grants fans access to the Frank Denius Family University Athletics Hall of Fame in Texas.
Attractions include: the fun 90-foot Midway slide with great views of the UT Tower; a Ferris wheel 45 feet high; spinning games like Ax Throwing, Human Bowling, and Tubs-of-Fun; the Hi-Striker; Texas Longhorns inflatable slide and games; state fair inspired food options.
All carnival games and attractions are free and no tokens are required.
HANG THEM HANGOUT
Located at Winship Circle (outside the northwest corner of the stadium), Hook ‘Em Hangout features a wide variety of draft beers and some of Austin’s award-winning food trucks that power every home game.
Hook ‘Em Hangout Food Trucks should appear (subject to change):
- HEB main street
- four brothers
- evil weiner
- Pardon my cheesesteak
- Gibs Turkey Legs
- South Side Pizza
- Tacos Gibs
LONGHORN TOWN BOUNDARIES
Flo Rida will perform from the LBJ lawn at Longhorn City Limits 30 minutes after the Alabama-Texas game ends. Free entry. Austin Music Award winner DJ Mel will get the party started on the LBJ lawn ahead of Flo Rida’s performance. See the Longhorn town limits map for the exact location.
Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium is offering preferential rates for fans at various concession stands. You’ll regularly find fountain pop, candies, popcorn, and 20-ounce bottled water for $3; hot dogs and peanuts for $4; Texas souvenir soft drinks, one-liter bottled water, snow cones, nachos, Earl Campbell sausage wraps, Bavarian pretzels, and plain cotton candy for $5; cheeseburgers for $7; and tender chicken baskets and Texas-sized corn dogs for $8.
The stadium sells alcohol, with a maximum of two per person per transaction. Sales end at the beginning of the fourth quarter. No alcohol is permitted in DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium from the outside.
Friday: Sunny skies with a high near 95, followed by clear skies and an overnight low around 71.
Saturday: Sunny skies with a high near 95, followed by clear skies and an overnight low around 72.
Sunday: Sunny skies with a high near 98, followed by cloudy skies and an overnight low around 74.
TICKETS / STADIUM ENTRY / CLEARED BAG POLICY
Tickets for the Alabama-Texas game are sold out, but you can check secondary ticketing sites like StubHub for availability.
Texas Athletics has moved to all mobile tickets, accessible through the Texas Longhorns app. The app supports Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play.
A clear bag policy is in effect to enhance existing security measures and expedite entry to the Texas Athletics event site on the Forty Acres. Approved bags include the following:
- Clear plastic bags and no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″
- One Gallon Clear Resealable Plastic Storage Bags
- Clutches, purses or wallets under 4.5″ x 6.5″
The public call is located at the base of the west tower on the north side of the stadium (near Gate 8). Student issues/questions regarding tickets are located at Gate 25. The visiting team will call at Gate 32.
Open car parks
FREE Rudy’s BBQ Breakfast Tacos for the first 500 fans at ESPN College GameDay on the LBJ Lawn
ESPN College GameDay Pit opens to fans on the LBJ lawn (free for all fans)
ESPN College GameDay Broadcast (LBJ Lawn)
Opening of Boulevard Bevo
Bevo Parade (fans line up at 7:45 a.m. at the south entrance on Bevo Blvd.)
Opening of the gate 8 ticket office
Southside Pizza distributed to first 500 UT students at Gate 25
Stadium Stampede (fans line up at 8:15 a.m. at the north entrance on Bevo Blvd.)
Champions Club opens inside San Jacinto Residence for Champions Club members
Longhorn Foundation Student Member Express Line opens at Gate 25 (Express Line closes at 9:00 a.m.)
Opening of the gates to the stadium and all reception areas of the Longhorn Foundation in the stadium
FOX Big Noon Kickoff Broadcast Live From Hook ‘Em Hangout Inside Winship Circle
Texas Men’s Basketball Autograph Session on Bevo Blvd
Closure of Boulevard Bevo
Still Austin Music Lounge and Tito’s Tailgate at Longhorn City Limits open
Flyover of the B-52
Kick Off (Fox)
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