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12 Must-Visit Sports Venues in Alabama

Alabama is home to an impressive amount of college sports teams. From the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, to the Auburn Tigers in east-central AL. Explore some of these excellent sports events during your next visit to the Heart of Dixie. 


1. Bryant-Denny stadium

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide have done plenty to entrench themselves as an iconic and powerhouse football program – loads of national championsips and other bowl game wins, a slew of players selected into the NFL draft each year, and a world wide fanbase. Make your way into central AL this fall and watch as they "Roll Tide Roll" at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which seats more than 100,000 fans.

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The Auburn Tiger Outside of Jordan-Hare Stadium

2. Jordan-Hare Stadium

When your Alabama visit has you in the east-central region, be sure to check out an exciting Auburn Tigers football game. Each year, the Tigers kick off their season in late August or early September – plan your visit accordingly and try your luck to find tickets come game day. Jordan-Hare Stadium, found right on the Auburn campus, seats 87,451 fans, and was opened in 1939. 

3. legion Field Stadium

Each year, when Bowl Season rolls around and dominates the college football landscape, Legion Field Stadium and the city of Birmingham hosts their own big game: the Birmingham Bowl. Legion Field Stadium can be found near downtown, and is a major attraction with McClendon Park. Make the drive in from nearby Pelham or Leeds.

4. Auburn Arena

The Alabama sports scene isn't solely focused on college football – you'll be treated to some excellent basketball, too. The Auburn Arena, not far from nearby Opelika, is home to the men's and women's basketball teams at Auburn University. Opened in 2010, Auburn Arena is a raucous place to be during the fall, over winter, and into early spring when college basketball is in full swing. 

5. Samford Stadium

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Visit Sewell-Thomas Stadium for Alabama Baseball

Make your way to the Samford Stadium for a chance to hear the iconic "ping" of the bats – it's the home of Auburn Tigers baseball. Since 1950, Samford Stadium as served as home diamond for the Tigers – it seats 4,096 fans, and is officially known as Samford Stadium - Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park. In 2003, the publication Baseball America voted it as the premier college baseball venue in the U.S.

6. Seibert Stadium

In Birmingham, you'll want to catch an exciting Samford University football game at Seibert Stadium. Constructed in 1957, Seibert Stadium can seat 6,700 fans come game day. The Samford Bulldogs kick off their season in late August. Drive in from nearby Gardendale

7. Pete Hanna Center

Stick with the Samford Bulldogs for exciting college basketball action. Head for the Pete Hanna Center on the Samford University campus during the fall, throughout the winter, and into the early part of spring to watch them hoop it up. The Pete Hanna Center can seat nearly 5,000 fans

8. Coleman Coliseum

Back in Tuscaloosa, visit the Coleman Coliseum where you can watch the Crimson Tide men's basketball teams compete. This impressive facility was opened in 1968, can seat 15,383 fans – after a 2005 renovation – and was originally known as the Memorial Coliseum. 

9. Foster Auditorium

Not to be outdone by the men's team, the University of Alabama women's basketball team hosts their home games at Foster Auditorium. Though smaller in size, seating only 3,800 fans, Foster Auditorium is just as raucous come gameday. It was named for Richard Clarke Foster, president of the university from 1937 to 1941.

10. Sewell-Thomas Stadium

Stick around in Tuscaloosa for even more exciting college sports action – this time it's hard ball. Sewell-Thomas Stadium hosts all Crimson Tide baseball games during late spring and into summer. Opened in 1948, this stadium can pack in nearly 6,000 fans for first pitch. 

11. Rhoads Stadium

Anything they can do, we can do better... is what the University of Alabama softball team might say. Head for Rhoads Stadium on the northeastern ridge of campus to watch the Lady Tide crush homers and steal bases this season. Built in 2000, Rhoads Stadium can seat close to 4,000 fans, and features a huge, fully LED scoreboard. 

12. Alabama Soccer Stadium

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Another of the Crimson Tide's must see sports is the soccer team. During your stay in Tuscaloosa, or nearby Northport, make your way over to the Alabama Soccer Stadium for all the exciting free kicks, diving saves, and headers. Though not an enormous soccer venue, this place can seat 1,500 rowdy fans come match day. Watch as the Crimson Tide women's soccer team compete in their quest for glory.

13. Talladega Superspeedway

This is all about the Crimson Tide – there's one of the nation's top NASCAR race courses right in the Heart of Dixie. East of downtown Birmingham and the city of Leeds, you can find the Talladega Superspeedway.

This famous and impressive NASCAR venue has been thrilling fans come race day since 1969. Some of the top NASCAR races are held here each year – don't miss the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500, or the Aaron's 499

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