Alabama football: Crimson Tide to celebrate BCS national championship today

January 21, 2012 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the second time in three years, Alabama will celebrate a football national championship Saturday afternoon.

And once again, cloudy skies and rain are in the forecast for the 3 p.m., program held in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The weather forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms today in Tuscaloosa, but the celebration will go on regardless of weather.

Cloudy weather and cool temperatures kept crowds at home when the Crimson Tide celebrated its 2009 title in a similar fashion.

Gates open at 1 p.m. Saturday and admission is free. The first 30,000 fans will receive a free poster and the first 1,000 fans in line have the option of viewing the hour-long program from the field.

Seating will be limited to the west side of the stadium through gates 10-13 and 16-19.

The program includes speeches by coach Nick Saban and a few players and performances from the Alabama cheerleaders and marching band.

There will be no walk of champions stadium arrival as it occurs on game day, but fans can pose for pictures with the crystal football of the Coaches Trophy starting at 1 p.m. in the south end zone plaza.

The noon Alabama basketball game at Kentucky will be shown on the stadium video boards before season highlights lead into the main program at 3.

Free parking is available in surface lots and parking garages off Campus Drive behind Publix. Additional spots are available at Coleman Coliseum and the soccer complex with free shuttles running to and from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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