NOTES: Biscuits set for Opening Night; ASU star named POY
The Montgomery Biscuits will open the 2017 campaign against the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers) on Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium.
Highlighting the night will be a rare opportunity for fans to get an up-close and personal experience with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds pilots and crew. The Thunderbirds will be in attendance along with Patrouille de France, the French Air Force aerobatic team, for a pre-game ceremony on the field and an autograph session taking place on the concourse.
The two Air Force teams will be in Montgomery for the Maxwell Air Show and Open House taking place at Maxwell Air Force Base from April 8-9 and will be using Riverwalk Stadium for a public appearance out of their aircrafts.
The Air Show is in celebration of the United States Air Force 70th Anniversary, and will mark the first time in over 30 years the French Air Force have been on American soil. Opening Night also has special significance for Montgomery and the Armed Forces as April 6th, 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, in which both French and American troops were shipped out of Montgomery’s train depots en route to European deployments.
ASU’s Wright named POY
Alabama State University senior Britney Wright added another piece of hardware for the 2016-17 season, named the BOXTOROW Division I National Player of the Year.
Wright, a native of Detroit (Mich.), averaged a league-leading 18.3 points per game during the regular season and grabbed 7.3 rebounds per game for the Lady Hornets. Her average places her in the top 50 in the country, landing at 45th overall. The senior is in the top 20 in the country in free throws made (20th) with 143 and free throws attempted (27th) with 179.
The senior led the conference in free throw shooting (.802), was fourth in rebounding in the conference, seventh in field goal percentage (.439), eighth in minutes played (32.8), 12th in three-point field goal percentage (.278) and 13th in three-point field goals made (1.1) in the regular season.
Bama A-Day ‘experience’ gets upgrade
The Alabama Golden Flake A-Day Game, scheduled for a 2 p.m. CT kickoff on April 22 at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and Crimson Tide fans have the opportunity to upgrade their experience.
The A-Day game is the 15th and final practice of the spring. Gates open at 11 a.m. CT and admission will once again be free to the public.
Alabama athletics is offering a variety of experience upgrades for this year’s A-Day game beginning with locker room tours that start at 8:30 a.m. CT. There is also a myriad of options that include hospitality in reserved areas with shade. Seating options include field suites, seats in the north and south zone and press box seating.
Other experiences include the chance to stand in the tunnel as the team enters the field, pregame field access, delivering the game ball to the referees prior to kickoff, standing in the VIP section for the Walk of Champions, getting a picture on the field and the chance to be on the field during halftime festivities.
Fans wishing to upgrade their experience for the 2017 Golden Flake A-Day game can view and purchase all of the experiences at rolltide.com/experience on mobile. Inventory is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Upgrades will be available for purchase beginning at 12 p.m. CT on Tuesday, April 4. Fans are encouraged to register on rolltide.com/experience in advance to access inventory once it goes live.