Category Archives: Rose Bowl

Bryant-Denny Stadium now fifth biggest

The home of Crimson Tide football is now ranked fifth among college football stadiums according to the new capacity released today by UA.

Bryant-Denny Stadium’s new capacity is officially 101,821 — up from 92,138 before the south end zone got the upper deck and luxury suites.

The complete rankings:

1. Michigan Stadium (Michigan) 109,901
2. Beaver Stadium (Penn State) 107,282
3. Neyland Stadium (Tennessee)102,455
4. Ohio Stadium (Ohio State) 102,329
5. Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama) 101,821
6. Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium (Texas) 100,119
7. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (USC) 93,607
8. Sanford Stadium (Georgia) 92,746
9. Tiger Stadium (LSU) 92,400
10. Rose Bowl (UCLA) 92,340

Here is the latest from outside the south end zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium. It looks like this feature is about to die since work is all but done.

BDS expansion, updated Aug. 4 2010

Aranas thankful for BCS "streaker"

The sight of the “streaker” in the second half of January’s BCS National Championship Game made most witnesses chuckle. For Javier Arenas, Alabama’s cornerback standing directly in the path of the clothed wacko running across the Rose Bowl, it was more of a blessing.

Here’s what he said when I asked about it before Saturday’s autograph signing in Decatur.

“I was thinking, I’m not moving one foot. I didn’t laugh. I didn’t have any energy. I had no air in my lungs, so I thought God had sent him out to the field at that moment, because I needed it real bad.”

“He smelled like alcohol too. I got a little whiff. I got a contact intoxication.”

“I was about to go shake his hand, but I didn’t want him to leave me hanging. That would have been embarrassing.”