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On a campus where national championship-winning head coaches get statutes, there hasn’t been much statue activity over the last decade since Nick Saban was immortalized. That all changed Monday when a gigantic elephant statue went up on campus. ‘Tuska’ the elephant statue is officially the newest tourist attraction in Tuscaloosa.
“For the last 21 years, this seven-ton, 19-foot elephant statue lived at NorthRiver Yacht Club. Today, it was moved to its new home on the northwest side of Bryant-Denny Stadium! Be sure to stop by and say hey to our new friend,” the school said on Instagram.
According to AL.com, the statue had a $415,000 price tag, which includes the cost of transporting the big boy from the yacht club to his new spot on campus where fans will get that social media content.
“The statue is already atop a 6-foot, 4-inch precast pedestal, with several crew members working on the landscaping and other remaining construction surrounding the elephant. The project also includes sidewalks surrounding the statue and lighting elements for nighttime viewing. Concrete steps have also been installed, though a temporary chain-link fence is up until UA finishes the work,” AL.com reported.
Tuska will be a huge attraction when Bama fans return to Bryant-Denny Stadium for Saturday’s A-Day spring game festivities, which will include a half-full stadium along with Nick Saban and Mac Jones addressing the crowd.
Chicago has the giant bean. New York has the Statue of Liberty. Washington D.C. has the monuments. Orlando has Cinderella’s castle. Tuscaloosa has a seven-ton elephant. Know your audience and stay in your lane. Bama does it better than most out there.