Revenge is best served hot, in this case, when Alabama’s No. 4 hosts Texas’ No. 11 this Saturday.
Longhorns faithful brave enough to make the trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama will only have access to views from the upper deck, consistent with the treatment Crimson Tide fans received last season.
“We are able to provide a seating arrangement similar to what we had last year in Austin,” Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne told the Tuscaloosa News.
Last season, Alabama decided not to send their group to Austin for their game due to poor seating arrangements given by the Texas Athletic Department.
But sometimes you have to reciprocate in what should be a highly contentious affair with implications for the national title.
“Due to the seating location and ticketing configuration of the visiting institution at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the Million Dollar Band will not be making the trip this weekend for the game of football from Alabama to Texas,” UA Athletics said in a statement. AL.com last year.
Texas has been doing this for several years, as the LSU Marching Band was forced to be bleacher creatures in 2019.
“We moved the visitor section from the lower bowl to give our students an adjoining student section, creating a fantastic atmosphere for DKR (Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium),” Vice President and Director of Athletics. Chris Del Conte said in a 2019 tweet. If a visiting team chooses to bring their group, they must sit in the seats reserved for visitors.
The SEC has regulations against this; however, Texas will have to meet them in 2024 when it officially joins the conference.
Currently, the Longhorns are part of the Big 12, so they aren’t breaking any rules.
A contractual agreement between Alabama and Texas, signed in 2018 for the game in Tuscaloosa, states that the visiting team will be awarded “4,500 tickets to purchase tickets and 500 gifts for sale to its fans (including groups)”.
It does not specify where the seats for those tickets should be, according to the Tuscaloosa News.
There will be no love lost in the stands or on the field Saturday at 7 p.m. as these two universities face off in a marquee college football game.