TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama baseball stadium hosted the event, “Bark at the Park,” last Saturday, March 23rd, 2019. Alabama took on the University of Arkansas and invited fans to bring their dogs to the game for a special event. The event was a success, as many dogs and their owners enjoyed a 75 degree and sunny Saturday at Joe Sewell Stadium, as Alabama swept Arkansas, ending the game with the score of 10-0.
Keith Long, local Tuscaloosa resident and owner of 2-year-old male red fox Labrador retriever, Captain, said his family looked forward to the event for weeks after seeing it advertised by Alabama Athletics on Facebook.
“Captain is always an easy-going and extremely friendly dog. He loves to make friends of all kinds, human and animal. His favorite game is fetch, so our family knew taking him to the Alabama baseball game would be a fun event for all.”
His daughter, Sarah Crow, said that Captain was well behaved and enjoyed a day of meeting lots of new friends in a new atmosphere.
“The hospitality of the Alabama baseball program was incredible. As we entered the entry gate to the dog section, we were given free dog treats and a free Alabama baseball bandana for Captain to wear. There was a bathroom grass area, as well as plenty of bowls filled with cold water for the dogs.”
The Alabama baseball game was full of excitement on and off of the field, as fans, photographers, and children were happy to greet all breeds and sizes of dogs who attended the game. Afterward, several dogs, including Captain, were featured on Alabama Athletics social media pages, to market the event for next time.
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