Tide Fans Will Find Some New Crowd Control Measures This Fall

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A sports events firm with a $25,000 contract to ease crowd problems at Crimson Tide football games has some street-closings, more restrooms and big-screen TVs in its game

Gene Hallman, president of Bruno Event Team, the Birmingham-based sports marketing and event-management firm, has a plan that will close more interior campus streets before games this fall.

There will be a big-screen television set up on the Quad on campus for fans not going to the stadium. The TV will be 9 feet by 12 feet.

An information booth on the Quad will answer questions such the location of restrooms and eating areas. And there will be five restroom trailers on campus this fall to go along with the portable, single-toilet bathrooms.

Longtime tailgater Mike Shultz of Northport says changes are mostly positive -- and needed.

But he says pushing back the time that fans can set up on the Quad by three hours to six pm on Fridays will hurt the whole weekend experience.

Some fans hit the Quad early with grills and that won't be feasible if you are starting to set up at six.

Hallman says pushing the time back was done to be consistent with the new time RV fans are allowed on campus, which will also be six pm.

Gina Johnson, director of auxiliary services for UA, said the Quad will be monitored to ensure that no tailgates are set up before six pm.

She said the university cannot stop people from coming to the Quad to sit.

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