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Georgia Dome To Host 'Bama v. Duke in 2010?

by GreatMinds (writer), Huntsville, Alabama, May 22, 2007

The NFL plays a preseason game abroad once a year. In the 2007 season, the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants will square off in London's Wembley Stadium, the first NFL regular season game abroad; it sold 40,000 tickets in the first 90 minutes after ticket sales began last week.

That same day, Duke University announced that it is looking at playing the University of Alabama in the Georgia Dome in 2010, the second game of a home-and-home series that began in 2006 when the Blue Devils traveled to Tuscaloosa in one of the Crimson Tide's few wins last season. Duke and Alabama share a common heritage: both were coached by Wallace Wade, for whom Duke's stadium is named. Wade won three Rose Bowls (and three national championships) at Alabama in 1925, 1926 and 1930, before leaving for Duke.

Wallace Wade Stadium seats less than 40,000 fans. By 2010, Bryant-Denny stadium in Tuscaloosa will seat more than 100,000 (a 9,000 + seat addition was announced last week to commence after the 2008 season). The Georgia Dome seats more than 70,000 and will garner Duke a likely TV spot in their game against Alabama and a significantly higher amount of money than playing in North Carolina. Duke will still be the home team in the game.

This development is directly connected to the perceived advent of Alabama's program after hiring Coach Nick Saban. Recently, more than 92,000 Crimson Tide fans shattered all previous attendance marks for spring intrasquad scrimmages at Alabama's "A-Day" game. Coach Saban knows expectations are high, and evidently other schools expect him meet those expectations.

The jury is still out on whether Saban will succeed as hoped in Tuscaloosa. For now, he is hailed as a savior in at least half of the state of Alabama. He will have to actually coach and win real football games at some point, though. Whether he will have the program near the levels to which he took the LSU Bengal-Tigers in 2003 by the time the Tide travels to Atlanta (presumptively) in 2010 remains to be seen.

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