Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium To Become Fourth Largest in Country

Patrick FerliseCorrespondent IJune 15, 2010

The University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium holds a legacy that very few collegiate schools can compete with. Home of the Crimson Tide, Bryant-Denny became the focal point for a history which includes 13 national championship titles and 22 SEC Championship wins.

The expansion of Bryant-Denny will be the seventh overall in the stadium's 81-year history. The renovations include the construction of two upper decks behind both end zones, which creates a fully closed-in structure. With the intelligent innovation of the design team, the decks added to the already existing structure will give the fans a guaranteed crystal-clear visual of the playing field below.

The original stadium started in September of 1929 and was led by Davis Architects, a company, which built the stadium in a way that let fans get a clear view of the field from any vantage point. Throughout the years, the University of Alabama expanded the stadium seven times and built its attendance record to well over 90,000 fans after its last renovation in 2006.

Bryant-Denny Stadium quickly became the second largest sporting event stadium in the state of Alabama, surpassed only by the Talladega Super Speedway. The sheer size of Alabama's stadium created an intimidation factor for visiting teams, much like LSU's Death Valley Stadium and Ohio State's Ohio Field (two of the largest collegiate stadiums in the country).

Davis Architects' design of an expansion-friendly stadium created an easy and economically sound way to increase the attendance record for Bryant-Denny, while commemorating a colossal monument dedicated to the hard work that the Crimson Tide had fought to achieve on the road to glory.

The new renovation and expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium is expected to be completed before the Crimson Tide's first game this fall. The new addition will place the maximum stadium capacity at 101,600 screaming fans.

It will also spring Bryant-Denny Stadium to the honorable title of the fourth-largest collegiate stadium in the country.