With Alabama hosting LSU Saturday, football fans are already rolling into Tuscaloosa.
Friday morning, restaurant Rama Jama's, which is in the shadow of Bryant-Denny Stadium, was already packed. Longtime Rama Jama's owner Gary Lewis says this is only the beginning.
"This is without question our biggest weekend of the year," Lewis said. "It's really huge, absolutely. I mean, we play Tennessee and we've played Penn State here, and I've seen all the big games, but there's nothing like LSU."
Customers at Rama Jama's Friday morning hailed from all over the country.
Davis Silver, a University of Alabama freshman from New York, said she was looking forward to her first time as a student at such a big rivalry game. Silver has family from Alabama, and the football experience was one of the things that drew her to UA.
"To realize how big it is culturally, not just sports-wise - the winning is huge, but it's also just a huge way to connect with other people," Silver said. "You can say 'Roll Tide' to someone, and they're going to say 'Roll Tide' back, no matter where you are."
Griff Winters, a parent of a UA student from the Chicago area, is excited to attend his first-ever Alabama football game Saturday.
"Just being a football buff and a college football guy, the history here is amazing," said Winters.
Alabama takes on LSU Saturday at 7 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium. For more gameday-related information, visit uagameday.com.
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