Travis Reier Shares His Neutral Site Wish List for Alabama Football [Audio]
Throughout the history of college football, the pageantry of the campus environment has helped to shape the identity of college football.
At the same time, many teams including Alabama are using neutral sites as a recruiting tool and a means of boosting athletic department revenues.
Under Nick Saban, Alabama has played a regular season game at a neutral site in seven of his nine seasons as Alabama’s coach. When the Crimson Tide kicks off the season against USC, it will be the third time in the last five seasons that they have opened a season in Arlington, Texas. In the other four neutral site games, Alabama played in Atlanta four times and one time in Jacksonville, Florida.
On the Tuesday edition of Southern Fried Sports, host Travis Reier gave his thoughts on Alabama’s trend of playing season opening games at neutral sites.
While Reier stated that he is not the biggest fan of neutral site games, the Southern Fired Sports host offered a number of alternative locations for future Alabama neutral site games.
“What about some neutral site games in some other places for a change? Maybe mix in Chicago, maybe Washington, DC, maybe the west coast.” Reier said.
Reier pointed out the monetary windfall and the opportunity of playing a marquee opponent as benefits for playing neutral site games to open the season.
After 2016, Alabama will open the 2017 season against Florida State in Atlanta and christen the 2018 season versus Louisville in Orlando, Florida.
Regardless of your opinion on neutral site games, Reier offered this prediction about the future of playing at neutral sites on a regular basis.
“We all know, they’re here to stay.” Reier said.
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