Bryant–Denny Stadium

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Bryant-Denny Stadium
Panorama bds.jpg
Former names Denny Stadium (1929–1975)
Location 920 Paul W Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Coordinates 33°12′28″N 87°33′2″W / 33.20778°N 87.55056°W / 33.20778; -87.55056Coordinates: 33°12′28″N 87°33′2″W / 33.20778°N 87.55056°W / 33.20778; -87.55056
Broke ground September 28, 1929
Opened October 5, 1929
Expanded 1937: East Side Bleachers
1950: 7,000+ seats
1961: 18,000+ seats
1966: 17,000+ seats
1988: West Side Upper Deck
1998: East Side Upper Deck
2006: North Zone & Upper Deck
2010: South Zone & Upper Deck
Owner University of Alabama
Operator UA Athletics
Surface Grass
Architect Davis Architects
Capacity 92,012
Record attendance 92,138
September 2, 2006 (vs Hawaii)
Tenants
Alabama Crimson Tide (NCAA) (1929–present)

Bryant–Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is the home stadium for the University of Alabama college football team. The stadium opened in 1929, and was first named Denny Stadium, in honor of former Alabama president George Hutchenson Denny. The stadium's name was changed to Bryant–Denny Stadium in 1975 to honor Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. It currently can seat 92,012 people, and is the fourth largest stadium in the SEC, the eleventh largest stadium in the United States and the 17th largest non-racing stadium by seating in the world. Since the 1988 football season, the university has sold out every game played at the stadium.[1] In February 2009 the University of Alabama board of trustees gave approval to begin stadium expansion of the south endzone,[2] with room to seat about 101,000,[3] which, when it is completed, will make Bryant–Denny Stadium the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference.[4]

The interior of Bryant-Denny Stadium (south endzone, left) during a 2009 Alabama game

References[change | change source]

  1. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Rolltide.com Access 10 October 2008.
  2. Rapport, Ian (2009-02-06). "It's official". The Birmingham News. http://blog.al.com/rapsheet/2009/02/its_official_bryantdenny_will.html. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  3. Stadium Expansion Timeline, Rolltide.com Accessed 13 September 2009
  4. http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/090509aaa.html

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