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Expect to pay more to see Tide this fall

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — Alabama football fans will have to pay more to be in Bryant-Denny Stadium during Nick Saban's first year with the Crimson Tide.

The Birmingham News reported Friday that ticket prices for some Alabama home games have increased by as much as 37.5 percent based on information sent to Tide Pride season ticket holders this week.

A ticket to any of the four Southeastern Conference home games costs $55 this year, compared to $40 last season.

The increases are not as drastic for nonconference games. Tickets for the Western Carolina and Louisiana Monroe games are $40, and the homecoming game against Houston is $45. Last season, similar nonconference games cost $35.

The 2007 total season ticket price is $345 for seven games, compared to $320 for eight games in 2006. That's an increase of about $9 per ticket, or 22.5 percent.

Auburn, which also has four SEC home games, is charging $60 for the Iron Bowl game and $45 each for games against Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

Tickets for Auburn's nonconference home games with Kansas State and South Florida are $45, while tickets for the New Mexico State and Tennessee Tech games are $30 apiece. Auburn season tickets are $345 each, an increase of $15 from 2006.

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