Nick Saban Explains the Importance of A-Day at Alabama [VIDEO]
It's hard to believe, but Nick Saban will coach his 10th A-Day game at The University of Alabama on Saturday afternoon.
In 2007, Saban changed the perception of spring games across the country when he attracted a sellout crowd of 92,138 to Bryant-Denny Stadium (pre-expansion). Since that time, college football programs in the power 5 conferences have made the annual exhibition game a priority for fans and recruits.
"That's something that we've been really special at," Saban said. "I think other people are trying to copycat to make their game a big thing so that they can say they had the most people at the spring game and all that.
In Tuscaloosa, fans still come out in large numbers that would make most programs envious, but attendance for A-Day has dropped each of the past four years. Last year's mark of 65,175 was the lowest of the Saban era.
That's why the head coach took some time during a recent press conference to send a message to fans about the importance of supporting the Crimson Tide for the final scrimmage of spring.
"A-Day is a special day around here," Saban said. "I want our fans to know that it's really important to our players how they support our team during A-Day."
The 2016 A-Day game will kickoff at 2pm and be televised nationally by ESPN.