On this day in Alabama history: Tide played first game at Denny Stadium

On this day in Alabama history: Tide played first game at Denny Stadium
Aerial view of Denny Stadium at the University of Alabama, c. 1930s-1941. The university’s “Million Dollar” band is on the field forming the letter, “A.” (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

September 28, 1929

The University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide played Mississippi College and won their first game at George Denny Stadium on Sept. 28, 1929. Since then, the stadium has undergone six expansions. In 1937, 6,000 seats were added, bringing capacity to 18,000. After two more expansions in 1950 and 1961, the grandstands reached 61 rows and a capacity of 43,000 fans. In 1966, the grandstands were extended into the end zones, bringing seating to 60,000. In 1988, the press box and west upper deck added 10,000 seats. The east upper deck was added for the 1998 season, supplying 10,000 additional bleacher seats and 81 skyboxes on two levels, raising total seating to 83,818. The 2006 expansion brought seating to 92,138, while the 2010 addition of an upper grandstand raised capacity to more than 101,000, keeping Bryant-Denny Stadium among the country’s largest on-campus football stadiums.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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