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Do you remember when Bryant-Denny Stadium looked like this? (Includes -some names of graduates in 1914)

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[In June of 1914, plans were made to build Denny Field with a concrete grandstand. It would become the future Bryant-Denny Stadium. The men making the plans could not envision what it would become by 2010. It is fun to look back at their limited original plans]

From The Tuscaloosa News June 4, 1914


Ninety-seven young men and women completed their courses at the University and received their degrees from President. George H. Denny yesterday. Among the graduates were: Anna Virginia Hale, B. A., Tuscaloosa; Joseph Lister Hill, B. A., Montgomery; Ruby Patton, B. A. Tuscaloosa; Coleman Hargrove Van de Graaff, B. A., Tuscaloosa; William Webb Crawford, B. A. Birmingham; Frances Watkins Davis, B. A., Tuscaloosa; Ralph Waldo Cowart, B. S. in Education, Troy; Merrill Pratt Smith, B. S. in Civil Engineering, University; Robert Lee Almon, Bachelor of Laws, Moulton; Farley William Moody, Bachelor of Laws, Tuscaloosa; Loran Frederick Sanford, Bachelor of Laws, Tuscaloosa.

The University of Alabama Stadium ca. 1930s – by Alabama Writers Project (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Aerial view of Denny Stadium at the University of Alabama ca. 1930s with Million Dollar forming an A

University of Alabama Stadium 2010 by photographer Carol Highsmith (Library of Congress)Universtiy of Alabama stadium by photographer Carol Highsmith (Library of Congress)


Plans for the construction of a thoroughly modern athletic field for the University are being considered and will in all probability be put into execution at an early date, according to a statement from University authorities. The location of the field will be in the large tract of level land back of the president’s mansion and the other faculty residences on the south side of University Avenue. Included in the present plans are the erection of a concrete grandstand and bleachers, the grading of a quarter-mile cinder track and the building of a fence to enclose the field.


Capt. and Mrs. William Timmons left Tuesday for a two months vacation with relatives in Indiana.

The pupils of Miss Forford’s kindergarten, all who are not attending and those who at any time during the year have attended, will form the guest list for the kindergarten party at which little Miss Louise Alston will entertain tomorrow afternoon at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Alston.


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  1. Well, sort of. Denny Field was behind the President’s mansion. (Bryant-) Denny Stadium was built elsewhere.

  2. This just smacks of jealousy because of Auburn’s stadium renovations. 😉

  3. The beginning of a great place- I’m sure, then, it was the greatest also.ROLL TIDE!

  4. You should have seen Auburn’s stadium in the late 50’s.

  5. It’s came a long way in 100 years.

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  7. I remember when one side didn’t have an upper deck.

  8. Carrie Beth Bonfield. I know u love history so much

    1. The only thing interesting about that is Alabama football

  9. I see me in the latest version.

    1. Student in the mid-70’s. No upper decks.

    2. Joseph M Bolton Jr And half the games or slightly more were played at Legion Field.

  10. Tuscaloosa HS football games were played there on Friday nights if there was no Bama game on Saturday. I once sold soft drinks at a HS game there in the late 50s. And the photo shows what it looked like in the 60s.

  11. I hated Legion Field. Horrible game day experience. Bama fans should thank Pat Dye for breaking the Birmingham grip.

    1. That’s odd I liked Legion Field, I was an Usher there for a few years.

  12. And they couldn’t fill the Stadium. And Auburn was the same way.

  13. love this old picture

  14. Back when one could afford tickets.

    1. MIke Armstrong could thru the 60s early 70s

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