Every fanbase has their share of traditions, and Alabama fans have more than most. From good-luck superstitions (never change your gameday shirt in a winning streak) to must-do gameday activities (grabbing a bite at Rama Jama’s), Crimson Tide fans take their tailgating as seriously as their wins.
So you know how to get the true Tide experience, here are some of the most iconic Tide traditions:
The official state bird of Alabama is also the official drink on gameday. It was made popular by Gallettes, an historic bar just a few feet away from Bryant-Denny Stadium, and is a tasty and traditional complement to your Rammer Jammer cheer. They guard the original recipe closely, but you can get close by blending vodka, rum, and amaretto with a healthy dose of orange and pineapple juice.
Alabama fans come to gameday dressed to impress – especially the students. Fraternity and Sorority members don chic dresses and sharp suspenders, team pins decorate every shirt pocket, and iconic houndstooth prints can be seen for miles around. Don’t forget your red and white shaker to complete your look!
As early as Thursday, fans and vendors begin setting up the sea of crimson and white tents that cover The Quad on gameday. These tents play host to thousands of fans on football Saturday and are laden with big-screen TVs, pounds of delicious southern football fare, and fun lawn games.
The Walk of Champions
The Walk of Champions is one of those must-do gameday activities. Two hours before kickoff, thousands of fans line the path to Bryant-Denny Stadium to cheer on the team as Coach Saban leads the players from their bus to the locker room.
The Elephant Stomp
After the Walk of Champions, it’s time to head to the steps of Gorgas Library for The Elephant Stomp. An hour before the game, the Million Dollar Band amps up the crowd on The Quad by playing “Yea, Alabama” and other favorite team songs before making its way to the stadium.
Rammer Jammer is like the National Anthem of Alabama football. This raucous cheer is heard after every Alabama victory, finishing with one of the most iconic chants in sports: “Rammer Jammer, Yellow Hammer, Give ‘em-” well, you know the words. It used to be part of the pregame festivities as well, but was banned in 2000 for being unsportsmanlike.
Traditions are one of the best parts of college football, and there’s always room for new ones – like tailgating at the luxurious WestGate Condominiums. With our spacious SkyGate Club, catered games, and awesome VIP perks, we may just be your favorite gameday tradition yet!