TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Brant Collier remembers vividly how things on The Strip looked on the night Alabama won the national championship during his freshman year of 2017.
“I came straight from my dorm and probably from the red lights down you couldn’t find a single space. There were people on top of the trees, people on top of Rounders. Every bar was full. So I’m hoping it’ll be like that this year. Hopefully people will be wearing masks,” Collier told WBRC.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said the city won’t allow that to happen here this year because of coronavirus.
“This is just not the time and place. The consequences could literally be life and death for some in our community,” Maddox explained Thursday.
Maddox confirms the city will not allow a block party to happen on The Strip if Alabama wins the national championship Monday night. He added there will be a heavier police presence there and some other areas. Tuscaloosa PD and University of Alabama campus police officers will continue to strictly enforce occupancy limits in bars and restaurants as well as mask wearing rules.
“Throughout the entire school year, we’ve had TPD and UA PD, the entire year, up and down The Strip. You got one warning if you didn’t have a mask on, after that you get tickets,” Collier added.
The city could put out more information about what it expects from fans as soon as Friday.