Alabama State University plays in their new on-campus stadium for the first time on Thursday. Some believe this day will symbolize a new beginning for the school's football program.
Supporters of Alabama State University are just so excited that they finally have a stadium of their own. Fans I spoke with told me this will take the football program to new heights.
"I am so excited that we are going to our house! Woo!" says ASU alumnus Jeannine Brown.
That's right, Alabama State University finally has their own house...or stadium rather and many, including alumnus Jeannine Brown, see this as a big step in the right direction for the football program.
"I would love to see Coach Barlow and the team, you know, take us to the next level. I'm looking forward to seeing what the team has to do in the future because they have their own stadium to play in and I think that should bring a significant amount of pride to the football program," says Brown.
ASU previously played at Cramton Bowl, located in the heart of downtown Montgomery. Fans are hoping that with the new on-campus stadium, come new traditions.
"It's nothing like a true home court advantage, a home field advantage. You know, we're going to have a hornet walk- a football walk to the stadium. I mean, that is awesome," says alumnus Anthony Burton.
The football program has seen some success lately, appearing in the 2010 SWAC Championship. But still, fans say there's nothing like playing ball on their own field.
"I think the football team, I think everybody really loves the stadium and is really excited about playing on our own campus. That's the main thing, it makes you feel different when you have a stadium on your own campus," says ASU Chief Operating Officer John Knight.
Opening day for the new stadium is Thursday when ASU hosts Tuskegee University in the annual Turkey Day Classic.