Bryant-Denny Stadium

Sims helps Tide rise to season-high gains

In Blake Sims’ first play as the starter against an SEC opponent, he threw an 87-yard touchdown pass to 
Kenyan Drake. By the end of the first quarter in Saturday’s 42-21 win over Florida, Sims had 272 yards passing and two touchdowns, including a 79-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper.

Sims, Cooper lead Alabama in win over Southern Miss

No. 3 Alabama’s quarterback battle may not be over, according to coach Nick Saban, but for at least one game, senior Blake Sims was unquestionably on top.Sims went 12-17 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama’s 52-12 win over Southern Mississippi while adding 46 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Alabama dominates Florida Atlantic

By the time the lightning came and the game was called, the work had already been done. The Alabama football team shutout the Florida Atlantic Owls, winning 41-0 and recording over 600 yards of total offense despite the truncated finale.

Student turns sports into jobs

Many University students claim their pride in the Crimson Tide, but few can say their lives revolve around Bryant Denny Stadium. For Jonathan Hutchens, a sophomore majoring in exercise science, the home of the Alabama Crimson Tide is never far out of sight or out of mind. 

New frozen yogurt venue holds opening celebration

On Wednesday, the YogurtLab frozen yogurt store in the South End Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium held its grand opening. “We opened in the fall, but never had the chance for a grand opening,” said John Fulkerson, chief operating officer of Yogurt Lab. The shop has already been successful since it opened in October. “We have had a great response from the students and community members so far,” he said. Currently, YogurtLab is the only vendor located in the stadium that can be visited during the off-season.  Construction is underway at Zoe’s Kitchen, a restaurant serving sandwiches and salads. “The market in Bryant-Denny Stadium is designed to be a year-round atmosphere for students, alumni, and community members,” Fullerson said. YogurtLab offers 12 flavors and 40 toppings, many of which are catered specifically to the University. One of our best-selling flavors at UA YogurtTime is Crimson Tide Twist, a swirl of vanilla and red velvet, Fulkerson said.  They also stock a flavor called “Greek.” The yogurt shop stocks many unique toppings such as Ashley Mac’s strawberry cake and double chocolate chip pound cake.  They also stock a topping called “Houndstooth.” “YogurtLab is really good,” said Devin Grissom, a sophomore majoring in public relations.  “Red velvet is really cool.” Customers at the grand opening agreed that the location was one of the greatest assets to the shop. “I think YogurtLab is good for games because it’s right inside the stadium,” said Brittany Schoen, a sophomore majoring in nursing. Still, others felt that the location of the store might be too close and may tempt one to visit too often. “I’m just a little worried about it being so close,” Grissom said.  “I live right around the corner.” Although there is no parking available in front of YogurtLab, parking is available just a short distance away. “Many community members are not aware of this but there is free gated parking across from Rama Jama’s,” he said.  “Customers may park there and we will give them a token that they can use to get out of the parking lot.” YogurtLab’s location is an advantage because they are able to open the South End Zone and use the seating for birthday parties and other events. “We can do birthday parties, philanthropic events, greek events – anyone that wants to hold an event,” Fulkerson said.  “We can also cater events.  You don’t have to come to us.  We can bring the yogurt to you and cater your event.” The grand opening is the culmination of a semester of work by a UA student public relations team. “We were given a $200 budget to put on a public relations campaign for YogurtLab,” Amy Castleberry, a senior majoring in public relations, said.  “As a group, we had to utilize our skills to implement a PR campaign.  Awareness was our really big issue.” YogurtLab is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.

ESPN to televise 2010 A-Day

The annual A-Day Game will be televised live to a national audience by ESPN on April 17. A-Day is the 15th and final practice of the spring with kickoff from Bryant-Denny Stadium scheduled for 2 p.m.

Stadium expansion on track for completion

With a new national football title under its belt, the University can also look forward to something else this August — an expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium. An expansion to the South end zone of the stadium, which was started earlier last year, is still on schedule for completion the first week of July, well before the start of the 2010 Crimson Tide football season. Thad Turnipseed, director of athletic facilities, said the current phase of the project has involved installing the beams that support the overhanging upper levels of the stadium, in addition to concrete work on top of the stadium. He said that on the inside of the stadium, other work will include installing air conditioner units on all the various levels, which will be activated sometime next week. “We’ll also be putting sheetrock up the next week or so,” Turnipseed said. In terms of the various stages of work on the project, Turnipseed said the construction on the interior is done “from the ground up.” From the ground level, the construction crews have been working on the technical aspects, including plumbing installation and electrical work. Currently, the crews are working on the second level of the end zone side. “We’ll be working on each floor every couple of weeks,” Turnipseed said. In addition, Turnipseed said work done on the second floor, which will house the Donor Hall of Fame, as well as development offices, will be painted and tiled in the next week or so. The end zone, including the ground floor, will have eight levels. Mal Moore, the athletic director, said he could not be more proud of the work done by Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, a Birmingham-based construction company working on the stadium. “This is a very good team we have,” Moore said.