Tuscaloosa Ready for Football Season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama is ready for college football more than four months after tornadoes killed about 240 people statewide, and nowhere are people more excited than in Tuscaloosa, the storm-tossed home of the University of Alabama.

The No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide plays host to Kent State this Saturday in its first game since the tornadoes, and people are excited all over town. Mayor Walt Maddox is looking forward to that point in the game when people are thinking about football rather than rebuilding.

Splintered trees, empty lots and blue tarps over roofs are still visible near Bryant-Denny Stadium. But the city and school say Tuscaloosa is ready for fans.

The game will include a ceremony to remember the tornado, and
Crimson Tide players will wear special stickers on their helmets
for victims.


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