Have you ever looked up at the South end zone upper deck and noticed no matter who Alabama is playing there are plenty of empty seats?
That’s the student section, and Marc Torrence, a great guy and journalist, has done an excellent piece about the issue for The Crimson White, the university’s student newspaper.
Click here to read the story: High Tide, low turnout.
When the lower bowl of the student section is filled, students are directed to the upper deck, which is where you’ll see those empty seats. The Crimson White got attendence figures back to 2008, and since then, Alabama’s students never have filled more than 80.2 percent of their section at home games.
Even for the 2011 home game when No. 2 Alabama played No. 1 LSU, only 12,646 of the students’ 17,000 seats were used, which is 74.4 percent. The 2010 opener against San Jose State drew 13,638, which is 80.2 percent.