There are big changes in the student opt-in process for the Iron Bowl of men's basketball. Alabama sent out emails Thursday morning to students to announce the game against Auburn would be senior night and only seniors would be eligible to opt-in for student tickets.

The email goes on to say “will likely be their last opportunity to attend a home men’s basketball game.”

Student Opt-In Senior Night Email

Earlier this season, I wrote an article expressing the unsatisfactory process for student tickets due to Covid-19 limitations. For home basketball games, there are only 380 student tickets. The allocation is:

  • Grad students: 5%
  • Seniors: 45%
  • Juniors: 20%
  • Sophomores/freshmen: 30%

However, this game will be 100% seniors.

I had spoken to students about other possible solutions to the opt-in process to allow a better chance for invested Tide fans to attend.

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Might I remind you, the team has not always been in the position to win an SEC tournament with the potential to play in the NCAA tournament. Students, particularly seniors, that had watched this team go 19-15 overall and 10-8 in conference play their freshmen year, sat by ticketless after years of unwavering support.

I’m thrilled SGA and Alabama Athletics have listened to students and taken in constructive criticism. I’m beyond ecstatic for the senior class to finally get the opportunity to give this basketball team all the energy and momentum they need, in person at Coleman, to continue to dominate the season.

This game will certainly be one to watch!

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