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Tailgating in Tuscaloosa for the Florida/Alabama Game!

GatorTailgating.com is doing a series of articles on where and how to tailgate at all of the Gator Football away games. This is the first article for 2010, with tips on how to do it up right in Tuscaloosa for the UF/Alabama match-up!  

1. Where are the good and bad areas of town for motels to stay in the night before/after the big game?
At this point, any place that is actually in Tuscaloosa city limits should be considered excellent accommodations. This is one of the biggest games of the year- most fans have booked months in advance! Contact the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1.800.538.8696 or www.VisitTuscaloosa.com for info on accommodations that may still have availability; otherwise, plan on making the trek down to Tuscaloosa from Birmingham, 45 minutes northeast on I-59.  

2. What are some attractions in Tuscaloosa that a visitor shouldn't miss? (i.e. nightclubs, bars, theme parks, tourist attractions, etc.)
A visit to Tuscaloosa isn’t complete without a stroll through the Paul W. Bryant Museum on UA campus. Learn about the history of college football’s “winningest” coach, check out gameday traditions, and buy into the houndstooth fashion he started with your very own hat in the gift shop! Hours are 9am-4pm daily, $2 admission for adults.
Bryant Museum Map
Other must-visit areas? University Blvd, or “the Strip,” hosts a myriad of favored bars and clubs, from The Houndstooth, Rounders, Innisfree Pub, and more- it’s where all the nightlife’s at, especially during game weekends!

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3. Where should a visiting fan go to eat while in Tuscaloosa?
I have two words for you: Dreamland Bar-B-Que Tuscaloosa is home to their original location, close to I-59 and UA campus.  There really …..."Ain't nothing like 'em .. nowhere". 5535 15th Avenue, (205) 758-8135.
Dreamland BBQ

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If you need to nurse your Friday night hangover before heading out to tailgate, The Waysider’s biscuits are faves among the Crimson Tide.   Their menu is Southern-style breakfast-only on weekends. Come for the ho-made biscuits topped with redeye gravy…. Yummers.  1512 Greensboro Avenue,  (205) 345-8239.

4. Is there an area or a part of Tuscaloosa that the visiting fans usually congregate/tailgate/park? If so, any address or directions on how to get there would be a big help. If visiting fans usually spread out all around the stadium, help us by telling us where the best area to tailgate is with the most room.
THE place to tailgate for UA and visiting fans alike is the Quad. Plenty of visiting fans will set up on The Quad, and they are welcomed by Bama fans, so feel free to jump right in - the water's warm. According to www.uagameday.com, to accommodate the Crimson Ride transit system and routes, an unloading zone will be open along 9th Avenue on the west side of The Quad during the following times:

    • Friday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
    • Gameday 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. for morning games
    • Gameday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. for afternoon games
    • Gameday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for evening games and Homecoming (the 2010 Alabama game is at 7PM CDT)
    • Post game –  when pedestrian and Gameday traffic clears (approximately two hours after the end of the game or sooner if determined by law enforcement officials)

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Actually, there’s so much info on setup, parking, gameday traffic flow and such on UA Gameday http://uagameday.com/football that will be the best resource when planning your set-up. Also, check out http://uagameday.com/football/parking-info.php for information on parking.

5. Are there any special rules we should know about tailgating on or off campus, open-container policies we should be forewarned about, or anything of the sort?
No worries about drinking restrictions- but please be respectful of The Quad, and the rules listed on www.uagameday.com regarding generators, grills, dumping of cooking oils and charcoal (all prohibited) and more regulations that are in place to maintain The Quad (check out http://www.uagameday.com/football/the-quad.php ). Just think of how you’d want UF campus treated!

6. Any gameday traditions we should not miss while in Tuscaloosa?
The Walk of Champions takes place a few hours before the game and the football coaches and players exit the bus and enter the stadium at the North end zone, facing University Boulevard. Also located there are statues of all the of the Alabama coaches that have won a national championship.


Special thanks to our friends over at www.tidefans.com for helping provide info for this article!

About Tamara Herchel

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A proud Gator Alum, Tamara Herchel graduated the University of Florida in 2006 with her degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism and began her career at Visit Gainesville, where she was lucky enough to spend five years promoting the very best that Gainesville has to offer. 

Writing has always been a passion, and in addition to GatorTailgating, Tamara enjoys freelancing for Giggle Magazine and is the Gainesville insider for Visit South. Email her at Tamara@GatorTailgating.com.

Comments

We decided this would be our

We decided this would be our "away" game of the year. Would like to know if they have some RV parking near-by. There might be as many as 6 RV's going up for that one.  The last time we played "Steve" up in SC we had 16 RV's all Gatored up to the max.

Hey Speedy! We should be up

Hey Speedy!

We should be up there for this game too... details to come.

Anyway, Alabama has a great page for RV'ers: http://uagameday.com/football/rv-info.php

That should give you the info you're looking for

Thanks Mike ! The shaded lots

Thanks Mike !

The shaded lots are already sold out. I got some good info on other places within walking distance to the stadium.

Now....let's see how many RV's we can get up there.

Cool. Let us know what info

Cool. Let us know what info you find out and where you'll be

You can park for free at the

You can park for free at the Brunos parking lot on McFarland Blvd just before McFarland Mall. There will be a shuttle servie $10 to and from the stadium which is 2 miles away...you can arrive Thursday evening..Exit # 73 from I 20-59. Roll Tide!

Does anyone have any idea how

Does anyone have any idea how quickly the Bruno's lot get's filled up?

call hunter in T-town @

call hunter in T-town @ 205.617.4969.............he might have room for six.........1st come, 1st serve.

Per 9/13 call to McFarland

Per 9/13 call to McFarland Mall, they have NO shuttle from there. Closest shuttle to them is University Mall on McFarland Blvd...good luck!

We are driving to the game as

We are driving to the game as well and would love to know where you guys will be parking! Go Gators

Hello Gators! My name is

Hello Gators!

My name is Tanya Solomon, and I am President of the Birmingham Gator Club. Birmingham is only about 45 minutes from Tuscaloosa, so we have got some events planned for all those Gators heading out for the Alabama game.

We've arranged for charter buses to depart from Birmingham for Tuscaloosa that Saturday. More information is available here:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=126532420730879

Tailgating: The Birmingham Gator Club also has the only (as far as I know) Gator tailgating spot reserved ON CAMPUS!! (I will post the exact location as soon as I know). The tailgate will be catered by a local bbq place and you can purchase tickets on site. We will also have tv's set up for those that want to watch the game with fellow Gator fans!

I encourage everyone traveling to the game to stop by the tailgate! It would be great if we had a huge Orange and Blue presence among all the crimson. Hope to see you there and Go Gators!

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