New program encourages student attendance at Alabama football games


INTIMIDATION. THERE’S A NEW INCENTIVE FOR
STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY O
ALABAMA TO ENSURE THEY HELP
SUPPORT THE CRIMSON TIDE. GUY: WVTM 13’S CHIP SCARBOROUGH
EXPLAINS HOW TECHNOLOGY WILL
KEEP TRACK OF HOW LONG FANS STAY
IN THE STADIUM, AND REWARD
STUDENTS ACCORDINGLY. CHIP: MAGGIE JONES JUST
DOWNLOADED THE APP FOR THE NEW
TIDE LOYALTY POINTS PROGRAM. IT ALLOWS HER AND OTHER STUDENTS
TO EARN POINTS FOR GOING TO
ALABAMA FOOTBALL GAMES AND
STAYING THE ENTIRE GAME. THOSE POINTS TRANSLATE INTO A
BETTER OPPORTUNITY FOR PLAYOFF
AND CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS.>>THE 2:00, 3:00 KICKOFF GAMES
ARE THE WORST, BECAUSE YOU DON’T
GET THAT BREEZE. YOU DON’T GET THE SHADE, SO IT
CAN BE A STRUGGLE WHEN YOU’RE
BEATING SOMEONE 50-0 AND YOU’RE
HAVING TO SIT THROUGH THE HOT
SUN. CHIP: IT IS NO SECRET COACH NICK
SABAN HAS BEEN DISAPPOINTED IN
THE STUDENT BODY FOR BAILING
EARLY WHEN THE TEAM HAS A BIG
LEAD.>>IT IS NOT REALLY FAIR. CHIP: THE LOYALTY POINTS AREN’T
JUST FIGURED OUT BASED ON YOUR
TIME HERE AT BRYANT-DENNY
STADIUM, BUT ALSO ON YOUR TIME
RIGHT OVER HERE IN THE
CLASSROOM.>>IF THEY’RE LOSING, YOU KNOW,
STILL STAY. I MEAN, IF YOU STAY THE WHOLE
GAME, THE CROWD IS WHAT MAKES A
TEAM WIN. CHIP: THE UNIVERSITY SAYS
STUDENTS HAVE TO ALLOW THE APP
TO ACCESS THEIR PHONE’S LOCATION
TO KEEP TRACK OF WHETHER A
STUDENT REMAINS IN THE STADIUM
THE WHOLE TIME. IN ADDITION, STUDENTS ALREADY
EARN CREDIT HOURS FOR THEIR
ACADEMIC COURSEWORK. THOSE CREDIT HOURS WILL BE
COMBINED WITH THEIR GAME
ATTENDANCE TO DETERMINE THEIR
TICKET ELIGIBILITY.>>WE TYPICALLY DO STAY UNTIL
THE FOURTH QUARTER, SO THIS
DOESN’T REALLY AFFECT US. BUT I THINK THERE WILL BE A
LITTLE BIT OF NEGATIVE FROM
STUDENTS WHO MAYBE WANT TO GO TO
THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT
THEY DON’T WANT TO SIT THROUGH
THE HEAT ON A 2:00 GAME IN THE AFTERNOON. CHIP: THE UNIVERSITY HOPING TEAM
SPIRIT WILL WIN

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