Some Alabama students losing football seating privileges after leaving games early

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Spor

The Crimson Tide faithful weren't happy when the student section emptied early last weekend.

Colleges all around the country are having problems keeping their students at football games until the final whistle is blown. To combat fans leaving early, the University of Alabama has revoked seating privileges from some students for this weekend's game with Tennessee.

After reviewing tape of last weekend's game against Arkansas, Alabama officials have decided to suspend 20 of their 36 reserved sections for student organizations, primarily fraternities. Students not involved with these organizations will be free to sit in their section this week when the Volunteers come to town.

Nick Saban was not too pleased with students leaving early. An empty stadium does not leave a good impression on recruits and it really takes away from the game day atmosphere.

"Maybe if you're not interested in doing that, you should let someone else go who would really like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go," Saban said.

Alabama is the first major school to take this kind of action in 2013, though they may not be the last. Schools across the country struggle to keep their student sections full and now some athletic departments are running cash contests or special post-game opportunities for those who remain in their seats through the fourth quarter.

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