Athletic Facilities Tour


finish strong (click on for larger image)

finish strong

My daughter is a member of the Shelby County University of Alabama Alumni Association, and invited Cindy and I to attend a tour of the athletic facilities with the group. We had a wonderful time seeing places that normal fans like us are never allowed to visit.


Inside the weight room someone had written a sign that read “Finish Strong”.  I liked it and included in on the image above. I waited until the hall was empty before taking the photograph. Then I darkened and blurred the edges and blew out the highlights of the outside to make it appear more mysterious.  Click on it to see a larger version.


weight room

weight room



We toured the sky, and press boxes, locker, weight and training rooms. We also were allowed to visit Coach Saban’s office and see the recruiting room among others. It is amazing how well thought out these facilities are.


Outside of the stadium locker room

Outside of the stadium locker room


Everything and I mean everything has been filtered through the question of how it will affect recruiting. I don’t see how an eighteen year old kid can visit that place and walk out without signing on the dotted line. To say that it is impressive is an understatement.


Locker Room

Locker Room


Above you see labels affixed on the doors of some of the players lockers. These are former All Americans who happen to have worn this player’s number.


From the  locker room

From the locker room



The view from The Zone

The view from The Zone



Saban's Hats

Saban's Hats





  1. LensScaper May 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    This looks a really impressive place. I wish we placed as much importance on sport and fitness as you seem to in the USA.

    • Phillip May 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

      Thanks Andy. I actually thought about you while I was posting this. The closest thing that I can compare our passion for this game is maybe to your game of soccer. However, even though these guys are physically fit, I wouldn’t say that all the fans really place that much importance on it themselves. I once heard someone say that a football game has a hundred thousand people in a stadium, plus millions others watching on television, who are in dire need of exercise, watching twenty-two physically fit people in dire of rest. LOL

  2. Denise Ippolito May 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Very nice series Phillip!

  3. Jimi Jones May 14, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Awesome, Phillip!
    What a fantastic facility to take a tour in. This series of shots is so well done. Very nice, man.

    • Phillip May 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

      I appreciate it Jimi! It is a wonderful facility. We all really enjoyed our visit.

  4. Victoria May 14, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Very nice!

  5. Adam Allegro May 15, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    That first shot should be on their game day program 🙂 I would send that to their coach. Nice work!

    • Phillip May 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      Thank you Adam for the great comment.

  6. Edith Levy May 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Awesome series of images Phillip. I really love the first one and the processing is excellent.

    • Phillip May 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank you Edith I really appreciate it!

  7. denise ippolito May 18, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    Phillip, Great job with the set. I like the first image – great job!

    • Phillip May 18, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      Thank you so much Denise!

  8. DaniLew May 29, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Roll Tide! Thanks for showing us the inside. I love the blur and vignette of the first image.

    • Phillip May 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

      RTR Dani! I really appreciate it. That’s my favorite too. It’s funny how sometimes you can envision how the image is going to look when you first see the subject.That’s how it was with this shot. I knew just how I wanted it to look.

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