Tuscaloosa has that classic combination of small town atmosphere and big city opportunity. The city itself has a population of less than 100,000, but thanks to the presence of the University, it is far more cosmopolitan than other cities its size. Tuscaloosa offers the big-time events of large cities with the outdoor recreation of a rural setting. In Tuscaloosa, you can attend football games that will be televised throughout the world, but you also can hike along secluded wooded trails and fish in quiet, still-water lakes.
There are also a variety of athletic and recreational activities for students on campus. Join the host of joggers around the University Quad or head to the Recreation Center and run, lift weights, or play racquetball. Join an intramural team in everything from flag football to softball to bowling. Play golf at the University-owned course or join your friends for a game of soccer or Frisbee on the Quad. Take a dip at any of the indoor or outdoor swimming pools on campus or take part in an aerobics or yoga class.
There is plenty to see and do off-campus as well. Aside from the standard public golf courses, bowling alleys, and movie theaters that most cities offer, Tuscaloosa has an outdoor personality all its own. The city rests between the Black Warrior River, one of the largest commercial waterways in the state, and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This means there are a wide variety of hiking trails, boat landings, and fishing venues.
The University of Alabama also is home of the Crimson Tide, 13-time national football champions. Over 100,000 fans pack themselves onto campus when the Crimson Tide is at home, making Bryant-Denny Stadium more populous than most cities in Alabama. Tents are set up on campus, and there’s everything from food to vendors to the occasional concert. Alabama plays five or six home games every season. The University boasts a variety of top-level NCAA sports, with the men’s and women’s basketball teams, gymnastics team, and baseball team routinely among the top outfits in the country. The Alabama gymnastics team won the NCAA championship in 2011, the fifth such victory in school history.
Intramural Sports feature short term, on-campus competition in traditional, and some not so traditional, sports. Team sports such as flag football and basketball, individual sports like tennis and badminton, and not-so-traditional sports like inner tube water tournaments and sports trivia, are offered throughout the year as leagues and/or tournament competitions. All intramural sports include divisions for men, women, and co-ed teams. Additionally, each sport is offered in competitive and recreational divisions to ensure that a variety of competition and skill levels are being offered. This is a great way to get enjoy your favorite sports as well as build camaraderie with your classmates. For more information, visit the intramural section on the University Recreation Center website.