Petition to bring back Dixieland Delight signed by thousandsBy Rebecca Rakowitz | 11/21/2016 12:10am
A new petition on Change.org calls for the reinstatement of the song "Dixieland Delight" during the upcoming Iron Bowl. Started by Jon Adams, the online appeal was posted last week.
“We, the students, at The University of Alabama have been deprived of one of our favorite stadium anthems and a long-standing fan favorite, Dixieland Delight,” the petition reads. “We hold this to be one of our most precious game day songs and would like to see it return at the Iron Bowl. For all of the millions of dollars we contribute to this school, we believe that requesting the reinstatement of this song into the stadium song lineup is quite minuscule. This is one of the greatest joys we have as students singing this song with our classmates and alumni alike. With all this being said, FREE DIXIELAND DELIGHT.”
The song was a fourth-quarter staple at Bryant-Denny Stadium, but the practice ended after the 2014 Iron Bowl when the student section shouted "F*** Auburn" during the majority of the lyrical breaks.
After the SGA introduced a bill last fall to bring "Dixieland Delight" back, The Crimson White submitted open records requests to the University regarding the song. A spokeswoman from the University told the Crimson White that there were no emails or documents sent to or from University administrators referencing "Dixieland Delight."
As of Sunday morning, the petition had over 5,900 signatures – close to 80 percent of its stated goal of 7,500. Adams has repeatedly added updates to the petition, thanking supporters and encouraging people to keep sharing it on social media.
According to the petition, it will eventually be delivered to The University of Alabama Athletic Department, Athletic Director Bill Battle and University President Stuart Bell.