TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s officially game week for Alabama as the Tide gear up to kickoff the season against Duke, Saturday, August 31st. Alabama is no stranger to Merecedes Benz Stadium having played in the SEC Championship and CFB Playoff in the past couple years. Head coach Nick Saban says opening the season away from Tuscaloosa give his guys a chance to adjust to a “road-like” atmosphere early on.
“This is an opportunity, even though it isn’t necessarily a road game, it prepares them to be able to play on the road. You’re going to travel, you’ve got to focus, you’re in a different place, playing in a new stadium, so all the external factors that can sort of affect you’re ability to focus on what you need to be doing, this is an experience to be able to do that,” said Saban.
“I think it’s going to help us tremendously with identifying who we are as a team, this is what everybody wants to see, who is Alabama this year? Who are they going to be this year? And the identity that we set all depends on how we do on Saturday,” said Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
It might not be Bryant Denny Stadium, but Saban’s success in Atalanta compares to a home game. Alabama is 13-1 with 12 straight wins in Atlanta, dating back to 2008.