TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Even though it was nothing more than an open practice, Alabama fans showed just how much they love their team during the Crimson Tide’s A-Day game.
According to the school, 76,212 piled into the stands at Bryant-Denny Stadium to get a glimpse of the 2016 team. That’s an increase of 11,037 from last year’s game. Saturday’s crowd was the largest since 2013 (78,315).
With ESPN broadcasting the game, those who weren’t able to attend watched from home. Per Austin Karp, the assistant managing editor at Sports Business Daily, Alabama’s spring game topped all weekend NHL playoff games on cable television.
Not totally surprised, but Alabama spring game on ESPN on Saturday (0.6 overnight rating) topped all weekend NHL Playoff games on cable TV
— Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) April 18, 2016
It’s worth noting that a lot of the NHL games are blacked out locally, though it’s unclear how much of a difference that would have made in a region so hungry for college football.