TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - More than 785,000 people attended University of Alabama football games at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa last year, making it first among state sports destinations, state tourism officials said.
Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn University ranked second with 637,567 and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail was third with 522,813.
Talladega Superspeedway placed fourth with 420,000 and Birmingham Barons baseball was fifth with 391,061. Montgomery Biscuits Baseball was sixth with 238,538 and Veterans Memorial Stadium at Troy University was seventh at 147,160.
Legion Field Stadium in Birmingham was eighth with 145,747 and Burgess-Snow Field at Jacksonville State University was ninth with 101,421. Ladd-Pebbles Stadium at the University of South Alabama was tenth at 96,383.
The Alabama Tourism Department also released attendance figures for other categories. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville attracted 849,981 visitors to make it the most attended paid attraction. The beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast were the most visited natural destination in the state, attracting 6.7 million tourists last year. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens attracted 352,000 visitors to make it the most attended free attraction. More than 890,000 people celebrated Mobile’s Mardi Gras making it the most attended event.
The above attendance figures were collected by the Alabama Tourism Department from local tourism organizations. Spring football game figures were added to Bryant-Denny and Jordan-Hare attendance figures. RTJ numbers included usage of all RTJ properties.