Reduced seating capacity coming to college football, including Alabama

When mighty 'Bama is reducing seating (like FSU and Miami have done), it's time to start looking at the issue.
Published Aug. 16, 2018

The Rays aren't the only team looking to downsize their stadium capacity.

It's becoming a trend in college football, too.

The latest one is mighty Alabama. As part of the Bryant-Denny Stadium renovations expected to be announced today, the Crimson Tide will reduce its seating capacity from the current 101,821, according to the Tuscaloosa News.

Florida State already did so, dropping Doak Campbell Stadium from 82,300 to 79,560 before the start of the 2016 season. Miami's new-look Hard Rock Stadium dropped capacity to about 65,000 seats. Penn State is planning to eliminate seating at Beaver Stadium, too.

And so on.

College football attendance is decreasing across the country, so maybe the extra seats aren't necessary. Depending on the specific amenities and details, schools might make more money with fewer seats by charging more for a better experience.

Regardless, when mighty 'Bama is reducing its seating capacity, it's time to start looking at the issue much more seriously.