It’s kind of pointless to call the final spring scrimmage of the year A-Day anymore. What was once a simple day trip to Tuscaloosa to see the Alabama football team prep for the upcoming fall has turned into an entire weekend filled with various activities all across the UA campus. Still, the main event is seeing the Crimson Tide play against each other in Bryant-Denny Stadium in front of usually large crowds for dinner rights between steaks and beans. But what else is going on this weekend? If you are headed to Tuscaloosa, there is lots for you to do. Let’s take a look (All times Central):
6:30pm: Softball: Alabama vs. Mississippi State - You can head on over to Rhoads Stadium and watch the 2012 national champions take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the series opener. For those of you who receive it, the game will be televised live on WVUA-TV. The Crimson Tide are 38-6 overall this season while the Bulldogs are 27-14.
6:35pm: Baseball: Alabama vs. LSU - Alabama opens a weekend series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium vs LSU on Friday night. There will be in-game entertainment provided by the Zooperstars. Alabama is coming off a 7-4 victory over UAB. It will be a key series opener against the No 2. ranked LSU Tigers.
9:00am-12:00pm: Aaron’s BCS National Championship Race Car – Michael Waltrip’s #55 NASCAR stock car will on display on Circle Drive, which is at the north end of Bryant-Denny Stadium right before you step on the Walk of Champions. The car will be sporting an Alabama paint scheme and have the 2012 BCS Championship logos on the car.
11:00am: Gates open to Bryant-Denny Stadium – Free A-Day posters will be handed out at the door (while supplies last).
11:45am: Quarterback Skills Challenge Competition - Held at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
12:20pm: Walk of Fame Ceremony - Held at Denny Chimes. The newly elected football captains will be honored with the ceremonial hand and shoe prints on concrete plaque.
2:00pm: A-Day Game Kicks Off – For your halftime entertainment, the Finals of the Quarterback Skill Challenge will commence.
4:30pm: Softball vs. Mississippi State – Saturday’s game will be the annual Power of Pink game where the attendees are encouraged to wear pink and the players will wear pink uniforms to support breast cancer. Zooperstars will be your in-game entertainment.
7:05pm: Baseball vs. LSU – Baseball will continue their series against No. 2 ranked LSU. There will be a special recognition of the 1983 College World Series Runner-Up team. Game broadcast on FSN.
1:00pm: Softball vs. Mississippi State - Softball wraps up it’s series against Mississippi State. Game broadcast on SportsSouth. It’s Youth Day, so Kids 12 and younger will get an opportunity to receive eye black, run the bases after the game and get autographs. It’s also Military Day, so military get in free and get to bring a guest as long as they present a valid military ID at the ticket office.
1:05pm: Baseball vs. LSU – Baseball closes up the series against LSU at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The first 250 kids 12 and under receive a coupon for a free hot dog and drink. They also can run the bases and receive autographs postgame. Kids 18 and under get in free.
To purchase tickets to the Baseball and Softball game, visit RollTide.com’s ticket office.
For gameday information on parking, pregame and postgame traffic and quad tailgating information, visit uagameday.com.
Can’t make it to the game? It will be broadcast on ESPN2. It will also be available on WatchESPN in certain areas and with select providers.
Follow Chris on Twitter.