Alabama spring game draws biggest crowd in COVID-19 era

Apr 17, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama head coach Nick Saban arrives at the Denny Chimes on A-Day to speak at the ceremony enshrining the permanent captains from the 2020 and 2021 University of Alabama football teams. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

An announced crowd of 47,218 attended Alabama’s spring football game on Saturday, making it the biggest crowd at a sporting event in the United States in the COVID-19 era.

It eclipsed the official attendance of 38,232 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, earlier this month when the Rangers played the Toronto Blue Jays in their home opener.

“I thought there was a great number of students out there to support our team,” coach Nick Saban said after the A-Day game.

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The White team beat the Crimson team 13-10 in the intrasquad contest.

The Crimson Tide were allowed to fill Bryant-Denny Stadium to up to 50 percent capacity for Saturday’s game. The venue holds 101,821.

The state of Alabama is under the Safer Apart Order, which says people should wear masks if they are within 6 feet of others who don’t live with them.

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne has said he expects the Crimson Tide will play in front of a full house in Tuscaloosa, Ala., this fall. The Tide are scheduled to kick off their home season on Sept. 11 against Mercer.

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