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Report: Gonzaga to Play Alabama in Seattle

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That looks good.

General Views Of Climate Pledge Arena Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

According to Jon Rothstein, the Gonzaga Bulldogs will play the Alabama Crimson Tide in Seattle this upcoming season. The Zags will return the favor in Birmingham in the 2022-23 season.

The game will be a essentially be the renewal of the Battle in Seattle, an annual ritual for a “neutral” game in Seattle at the old Key Arena. The event took place for 13-straight years, but ended after the 2015-16 season.

According to Jeff Goodman, the event will occur annually with Gonzaga as the headliner and some other guy managing the event.

Gonzaga, which has a large graduating contingent in Seattle, among other fans, easily filled the arena when high profile opponents came to town, such as Arizona, Connecticut, or Tennessee. However, some years, the opponents of UMass, Davidson, South Alabama, and Cal Poly failed (understandably) to draw 15,000+.

With Key Arena set to open as the newly renovated Climate Pledge Arena later this year, it is great to see the Zags try and get the series up and running once again. Starting it off with a bang, a most likely preseason top 10 team in Alabama, only helps that cause.

UPDATE: GU Athletic Director Mike Roth is refuting a bit of Goodman’s tweet, saying they will look at it annually, but it is not guaranteed to be an annual occurrence.