Information on Family Weekend 2018 can be found below. 2019 details will be posted once they become available.
When is Family Weekend?
Family Weekend 2018 will be held September 28-30, 2018. This is a great time to visit campus to see your student’s home away from home! Social and educational family-friendly programs are planned for the weekend so you and your family can enjoy campus, learn more about The University of Alabama, and experience the pride and tradition of Alabama football.
How do I register for Family Weekend?
Visit the Family Weekend Registration page to make Family Weekend purchases. Registration for Family Weekend 2018 will be available May 14, 2018 at 10 a.m. through August 31, 2018 at 3 p.m. (CT)
How much does the Family Weekend package cost, and what does it include?
Family Weekend packages cost $35 each and can be purchased once registration opens. A package includes admission for one person to participate in the Family Weekend Kickoff, Family Weekend Tailgate, and the Student Life Brunch. The purchase of a Family Weekend package does not include tickets for your UA student(s). Each person in attendance must purchase a package.
Do I have to purchase a package?
If you would like to attend the Family Weekend Tailgate or Student Life Brunch, you must purchase a package. Also, a package purchase is required in order to receive eligibility to purchase football tickets in the Family Weekend section of the stadium.
I have a child who is 3 years old. Do I need to buy them a Family Weekend package?
No, children 3 years of age and younger are allowed entrance with their family to Family Weekend signature events at no cost. Note about football tickets for children: Anyone in attendance at the football game (including children 3 years of age and younger) is required to have a football ticket. A package purchase is required for eligibility to purchase football tickets for the Alabama vs. Lousiana-Lafayette football game. Instructions on how to purchase football tickets can be found on our Football Tickets page on the Family Weekend website. Any questions regarding football tickets should be directed to the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-TIDETIX.
What if I only can attend one event during Family Weekend?
The only a la carte option for purchase for 2018 is for the Chocolate Festival on Friday. The Family Weekend Kickoff on Friday is an un-ticketed event and open to the Tuscaloosa community. A package purchase must be made to attend the Tailgate or Student Life Brunch.
Is entry for my student included with my purchase?
No. Anyone attending ticketed events must purchase a ticket (with the exception of children 3 and under).
What if I already made a purchase but want to purchase additional items?
A purchase cannot be changed once it has been made. You will need to make a new purchase by using your tix.com login information to reenter the registration site. This will be a separate purchase from your initial order. You will have two separate orders that show up under your account.
How do I review my order?
You can access your Tix account anytime by entering your tix.com username and password that you created when you placed your order.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover cards are all accepted methods of payment for your Family Weekend purchases.
What events can my student attend?
Your student is invited to attend all Family Weekend events with your family. Please purchase a package for your student. Each person must present their event wristband for entry into these events.
What do I need for entry into the Family Weekend events?
You are required to wear your wristband at each signature event (Family Weekend Tailgate and Student Life Brunch). Wristbands will be provided at Check-In. If you purchase Chocolate Festival tickets, you will receive a printed ticket at Check-In.
When should we plan to arrive? Do parents stay for the whole weekend?
Families are encouraged to arrive on Thursday or Friday so they can enjoy the many campus events planned for Friday. Events are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so plan to stay for the entire weekend if you can!
Where do I stay for Family Weekend?
Most parents make hotel reservations for the weekend. The earlier you do this the better, as fall in Tuscaloosa is a busy time for local hotels. Check out visittuscaloosa.com for helpful hotel and visitor information.
Where can I park during Family Weekend? And how do I get around campus during Family Weekend?
On Friday, parking is available in the East Perimeter Lot behind the Capstone College of Nursing. A Family Weekend Shuttle (a chartered Crimson Ride bus) will be making stops at the lot, the Ferguson Student Center, and the President’s Mansion to help you get around campus. For the Kickoff event on Friday night, parking will be located in any open, legal space near Government Plaza.*Be sure to move your car from the East Perimeter Lot on Friday night. On Saturday, game day parking will be enforced. Parking maps and details will be included in your electronic confirmation, sent out the week before Family Weekend. Visit the UA Gameday website to learn more about game day parking and to purchase advance parking passes. On Sunday, University parking regulations are not enforced, so parking is allowed in legal parking spots across campus. Limited parking is also available on Friday and Sunday in the Ferguson Student Center Parking Deck for a fee.
What can I expect from the Family Weekend shuttle on Friday?
A Family Weekend Shuttle (a chartered Crimson Ride bus) will be making stops at the reserved lot, the Ferguson Student Center, and the President’s Mansion to help you get around campus on Friday. Shuttles will run from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.
If I purchase a Family Weekend package, am I guaranteed a football ticket?
No. The football tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
How much will football tickets cost?
Tickets are $55 with a $5 transaction fee.
How can I purchase tickets to the Family Weekend football game?
Football tickets can be purchased through the Athletic Ticket Office by using the promotional code received in a confirmation email after purchasing the Family Weekend package. For every Family Weekend package purchased, you are eligible to purchase one football ticket, on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that your Family Weekend registration purchase does not include your football tickets, but simply makes you eligible to purchase a football ticket on a separate transaction. After making your Family Weekend package purchase, a football ticket code will be included on your Family Weekend confirmation/e-ticket that will be sent to your email address. Once you receive the code, you can purchase football tickets and pick your seats in the stadium by visiting the Football Tickets section of the Parent & Family Programs website. Any questions regarding football tickets should be directed to the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-843-3849 (1-877-TIDETIX).
How does my student get a ticket for the football game?
Student tickets for the football games are distributed online and are available on their Action Card. If your student has package D (freshmen) or package B (transfer and returning students), they will already have a ticket to the Louisiana-Lafayette game. You can also purchase a Family Weekend package and a Family Weekend football ticket for them if they do not already have a student ticket. It is very typical for parents and students to enjoy the Family Weekend Tailgate together and then meet up after the game. Specific information regarding student ticket purchasing can be found here.
I want to sit with my student at the football game. What do I need to do?
In order to sit with your student at the football game, you must also purchase a Family Weekend package for them. Student tickets are located in the student section, which is in a different location in the stadium from the tickets that family members purchase. Family Weekend football tickets are located in the upper deck areas. If your student has a student ticket, but chooses to attend the game with you instead through an additional ticket, they can donate their student ticket through mybama to avoid penalty points. Student ticket information can be found here.
How will I receive my Family Weekend football tickets once I complete my order?
All Family Weekend football tickets are PRINT AT HOME. You will receive an email with your ticketing information from the Athletic Ticket Office. If you need to print your tickets once you arrive on campus, your student will have access to Crimson Copies and library printers (note that many locations are closed on game days).
What is the best route out of town after the football game?
Traffic can be overwhelming after a football game in Tuscaloosa. Check out these route options to make your Saturday drive as smooth as possible.
When and where is Check-In?
Check-in for Family Weekend will be in the Ferguson Student Center Great Hall from 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. on September 28, 2018. Late Check-In items will also be available on Friday night at Government Plaza at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday at Presidential Park at 7:30 a.m.
What can I purchase on-site at Check-in?
Nothing can be purchased at Check-in. All purchases must be made by August 31, 2018 at 3 p.m. (CT).
Where is the Family Weekend Kickoff located?
This event will be held at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa. Address: 2106 6th Street Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
We have a family member in a wheelchair. Can we get around to all the events?
All events during Family Weekend are ADA accessible, including the football game on Saturday. When you purchase football tickets, there will be wheelchair accessible options. Visit the UA Gameday website for accessible parking information for Saturday and information regarding wheelchair accessibility in Bryant-Denny Stadium. If you have additional questions regarding wheelchair accessibility at the game, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-TIDETIX. For accessible parking on campus on Friday, the Family Weekend reserved lot will have spaces available. Also, a visitor’s pass can be purchased from Parking Services for Friday, which will allow for accessible parking in many lots on campus.
Are refunds available?
No. All Family Weekend purchases are non-refundable.
I missed the Family Weekend registration deadline. What can I do?
If you miss this deadline, we still encourage you to visit your student. There are a variety of campus exhibits and additional events that are open to all families. No late registrations will be accepted. We encourage you to take part in the un-ticketed campus events including the Family Weekend Kickoff event on Friday evening.