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Alabama fans roll into Durham

Posted September 17, 2010

— A steady stream of RVs decked in red pulled into a parking lot at University Marketplace Friday. Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide – the defending national champions and No. 1-ranked college football team – rolled north to Durham to see their team take on the Blue Devils.

Tide fans roll into Durham Tide fans roll into Durham

The tailgate party started for Alabama fans about 24 hours before the scheduled 3:30 p.m. Saturday kickoff with cheers of "Roll Tide roll."

Duke University added 4,000 seats to Wallace Wade Stadium in anticipation of a crowd approaching 40,000 – the largest there in years.

Mike Sobb, of the university athletic department, said about 600 Duke season tickets were sold in Alabama this year. Some of those purchases may have been made by Tide fans who planned to only attend this game.

"It's ridiculous," Duke student Greg Thawley said. "We need students to show up and really fill the stadium up. I'm very excited and I hope we really turn it out tomorrow."

Parking lots for Iron Duke booster club members will open at 7 a.m. Saturday. Parking for the general public, in the Circuit and Chemistry General lots will open at 9 a.m.

Traffic, parking guidelines for Saturday's game

Art Chase, of Duke's sports information office, said the Blue Devils expect to see as many as 100 RVs with Alabama plates in town for the game.

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  • BattlingBishop 5 Sep 18, 4:57 p.m.

    bishop, girl, you're a carolina fan. what would you know about class in anything?

    — Posted by monkeyboy

    Can't stand UNC monkeyboy, deal sister! Are you stupid or something?

  • monkeyboy Sep 18, 2:44 p.m.

    bishop, girl, you're a carolina fan. what would you know about class in anything?

  • BattlingBishop 5 Sep 18, 2:31 p.m.

    "EVERYONE, from nebraska to miami to usc, admits that hokie fans are among the most polite and highly knowledgable fans you'll ever see." PRIMATE

    Just an FYI,
    1) I posted the comment about 'Bama fans, not jgunn!
    2) You say "EVERYONE" admits that Hokie fans are the most polite...." Sounds like an Iraqi election during the infamous reign of So Damm Insane aka Sadddddam.
    3) I'll take my co-worker's observation being that she attends Hokie games with regularity.

  • backnblack1969 Sep 18, 1:43 p.m.

    Hope those Bama fans get out of Durham with thier lives. And thier cars, purses, wallets and anything else of value. CRACK is a powerful drug.

  • monkeyboy Sep 18, 1:39 p.m.

    "One of my co-workers, a Hokie fan, went to see 'Bama play VT last season and told us the 'Bama fans were the classiest group she had ever been around. In fact, she had harsh words for her own fan base, nothing negative about 'Bama." - jgunn

    she must not know her own fan base, then. EVERYONE, from nebraska to miami to usc, admits that hokie fans are among the most polite and highly knowledgable fans you'll ever see.

  • monkeyboy Sep 18, 1:37 p.m.

    "The biggest game in History for Duke football." - hokie 94

    um. you mean besides the two rose bowl appearances, obviously...

  • monkeyboy Sep 18, 1:35 p.m.

    "Some of those purchases may have been made by Tide fans who planned to only attend this game."

    then again, maybe not. what a horrendous job of 'reporting'. conjecture, anyone? is this what passes the editor's desk at wral?

    pitiful...

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Sep 18, 11:23 a.m.

    Alabama is the state where you can divorce your wife and she is still your sister. Right?

    — Posted by jdupree

    And you know that from experience? One of my co-workers, a Hokie fan, went to see 'Bama play VT... View More

    — Posted by BattlingBishop 5

    I have to admit that the Alabama folks they interviewed last night seemed like very nice people. They love their football and they travel well to support their team. Nothing bad about that.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Sep 18, 11:18 a.m.

    I will be there. I'm a Tarheel fan but I've always loved Alabama football!!

    ROLL RIDE!!!

    — Posted by Boot-the-DC-Tyrant

    Now if this isn't 98% of Tarheel fans in a nutshell, I don't know what is.

    — Posted by The Gooch

    Even I had to laugh at this one, Gooch:-)

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Sep 18, 11:17 a.m.

    Hope you didn't tell her that you were stuck with her LOL. I'm not crazy about this party, my... View More

    — Posted by Dreamchaser

    You're a good Dad, Dream! That's a lot to put up with in one day. I hope the Heels have more fun than that. Bring a flask to the party:-) Happy Birthday to your daughter.

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