See main article University of Alabama Athletics.Alabama's athletic teams are known as the Crimson Tide
. The school fields teams in the NCAA's Division I and is a member of the competitive Southeastern Conference (Western Division). The school's
athletic teams compete at the highest level, often contending for conference and NCAA titles. Athletic facilities on campus
include the 83,818-seat Bryant-Denny Stadium, named after
legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and former UA President George
Denny, and the 15,043-seat Coleman Coliseum.
Alabama maintains athletic rivalries with Auburn University
and the University of Tennessee. The rivalry with
Auburn is especially heated as it encompasses all sports. The annual Alabama-Auburn game is nicknamed the Iron Bowl
considered one of the most intense games in all of college football. The Alabama-Auburn basketball game is often called "Iron
Ball."While the rivalry with Tennessee is centered around football for the most part, there is no shortage of acrimony here,
especially given the recent history between UT Coach Phil Fulmer and his relationship to the Tide's most recent NCAA probation.
There are also rivalries with Louisiana State
University (football), Mississippi State
University (men's basketball), and the University of
Georgia (women's gymnastics).