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Family Weekend 2019 FAQ’s

Family Weekend is a “Choose Your Own Adventure” weekend with three main goals for UA families:

  • To reconnect and spend time with your UA student;
  • To experience UA gameday traditions; and
  • To explore Tuscaloosa, your UA student’s new “home away from home.”

During Family Weekend, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy time with your UA student and achieve those goals as a family.

When is Family Weekend?

Family Weekend 2019 will be held September 20-22, 2019.

This is a great time to visit campus to see your UA 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 will be available May 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. through August 30, 2019 at 3 p.m. (CT)

How much does the Family Weekend cost, and what does it include?

The Family Weekend registration fee is $25 for UA students and $35 for family members and includes:

  • Admission to the Family Weekend Kick-off, Tailgate, and Brunch. See event descriptions on the Registration page.
  • Eligibility to purchase football tickets for the Alabama v. Southern Mississippi football game using a promo code provided in your confirmation email. This is a separate purchase with a separate login.
  • Important:
    • The Family Weekend registration fee DOES NOT INCLUDE event tickets for your UA student(s). They must pay a registration fee of $25 to attend the events.
    • The Family Weekend Kickoff event is in Downtown Tuscaloosa. The first 500 families at the event will receive a free picnic blanket (there will be a ticket for the blanket in their packet at Check-In).

What forms of payment are accepted?

Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover cards are all accepted methods of payment for your Family Weekend registrations.

I missed the Family Weekend registration deadline. What can I do?

If you miss this deadline, we still encourage you to visit your UA 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 or pay at the door to attend the Family Weekend Brunch on Sunday.

I have a child who is 3 years old. Do I need to register them for Family Weekend?

No, children 3 years of age and younger are allowed entrance with their family to Family Weekend 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 Family Weekend registration is required for eligibility to purchase football tickets for the Alabama v. Southern Mississippi 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 2019 is for the Chocolate Festival on Friday. The Family Weekend Kickoff on Friday is an un-ticketed event and open to the Tuscaloosa community. The Family Weekend Brunch can be paid for at the door.

Is entry for my UA student included with my registration fee?

No. Anyone attending ticketed events must register (with the exception of children 3 and under).

What if I already registered 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. In this event, you may want to call the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-TIDETIX to request your football tickets be put together.

How do I purchase a Family Weekend t-shirt?

T-shirts can be purchased separately through a link on the Family Weekend Registration Page. This will be a separate purchase through an outside vendor using a separate login. There will NOT be shirts available at Check-In. Shirts will be shipped directly to the purchaser.

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.

Are refunds available?

No. All Family Weekend purchases are non-refundable.

What events can my UA student attend?

Your UA student is invited to attend all Family Weekend events with your family. Please register your UA student.

What do I need for entry into the Family Weekend events?

You are required to wear your wristband at each event (Family Weekend Kickoff, Tailgate, and Brunch). Wristbands will be provided at Check-In. If you purchase Chocolate Festival tickets, you will receive a printed ticket at Check-In.

If I register for Family Weekend, am I guaranteed a football ticket?

No. The football tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Please purchase football tickets as soon as you are able as tickets are limited.

How much will football tickets cost?

Tickets are $45 with a transaction fee. Visit the Football Tickets Page for more information and to purchase tickets.

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 the confirmation email. After paying your Family Weekend fee, 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. There is also a step by step tutorial on that page. Any questions regarding football tickets should be directed to the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-843-3849 (1-877-TIDETIX).

UA student tickets for the football games are purchased and distributed online and are available on your student’s Action Card. If your student purchased Package D (freshmen) or Full Package or Package B (returning and transfer students), they should already have a ticket in the student section for the football game. Please check with your student to see if they have a ticket to the Southern Mississippi football game during Family Weekend. If your student does not have a ticket to the game and wants to sit with you in the stadium, you will need to register them for Family Weekend in order to make them eligible for a football ticket. This also applies if the student already has a ticket in a different section but wants to sit with you at the game. Learn more about student football ticketing.

Note that all Family Weekend football tickets are PRINT AT HOME. Please bring your tickets with you to Tuscaloosa when you come. If you have any additional questions about your football ticket purchase, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-TIDETIX. 

I want to sit with my UA 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 pay a Family Weekend registration fee and purchase a football ticket for them. Student tickets are located in the student section, which is in a different location in the stadium from the tickets that parents purchase. 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. Student ticket information can be found at MyTickets.

How do I receive my football tickets?

All Family Weekend football tickets are PRINT AT HOME. Please print them before coming to campus.

I forgot to print my football tickets at home. Where can I print them on campus?

Crimson Copies on the bottom floor of the Ferguson Student Center can assist with your printing needs. Also, your UA student can print things at the libraries on campus. Note that most places are closed on game days.

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 UA student will have access to Crimson Copies and library printers (note that many locations are closed on game days).

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!

What is there to do during Family Weekend?

Visit our Schedule Page for a list of campus and community events!

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 Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports 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: The East Perimeter Lot, behind the Capstone College of Nursing, will be available for Family Weekend guests during the day on Friday. You will receive a parking pass delivered to your email. 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 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Handicap-accessible spots are available in the Family Weekend lot and the parking deck. A visitor’s pass can also be purchased for the day which allows for handicap-accessible parking in many lots on campus. The buses will stop running at 6 p.m. and will NOT be traveling to the Kick-off in downtown Tuscaloosa. More information for Friday night parking will be sent closer to the event.
  • On Saturday, game day parking will be enforced. Visit UA Gameday: Football to learn more about game day parking. Helpful tip: Downtown Tuscaloosa has public parking and it is FREE OF CHARGE. Tuscaloosa Transit will run buses from downtown. Buses will start running 3 hours before the game for a small fee.
  • On Sunday, University parking regulations are not enforced, so parking is allowed in legal parking spots across campus. Parking is also available throughout the weekend (except Saturday) in the Ferguson Student Center Parking Deck for $10/day. Specific parking maps for Family Weekend will be provided closer to the event.

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.

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 p.m. on Friday. Late Check-In items will also be available on Friday night at Government Plaza and on Saturday at the Tailgate.

What can I purchase on-site at Check-in?

Nothing can be purchased at Check-in. All purchases must be made by August 30, 2018 at 3 p.m. (CT).

Where is the Family Weekend Kick-off located?

The Kick-off will be held on Friday evening at government plaza and will feature live entertainment and many food options for purchase. The first 500 families will receive a free picnic blanket in exchange for the ticket in their Check-In packet. This event will be held at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa. Address: 2106 6th Street Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

Where is the Family Weekend Brunch?

The Brunch will be located at Lakeside Dining Hall on McCorvey Drive. UA students will be able to use their meal plans and guests will use their wristband for entry. You can also pay at the door for this event.

We have a family member who uses 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.

The shuttle buses have a wheelchair ramp that folds down that allows the wheelchair passenger to gain access to the bus. They are not equipped with a lift, so the passenger will have to manually maneuver their chair or the driver can assist them. 

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 game day route options to make your Saturday drive as smooth as possible.