Technically yes. When the game was moved from B'ham and the 50/50 split of tickets no longer exists, IMO, it is a different game. Personally, I have no problem with Auburn wanting the game on a home and home site but I still wish for this one game, the tickets allotment stayed 50/50. I know, I cant have it that way. Every year, the game was basically another "home" game for Bama because Auburn would come into Legion Field which was our home field for so many years. All of us older fans remember the the games being split between B'ham and Tuscaloosa. Is it still the Iron Bowl? Yes, just a little different twist than what a lot of us grew up with.
If you go back to 50-50, everybody from the designated home team will scream because they can't get tickets. Those that want tickets will need to pay $$$$$ to get them in the secondary market.
I would go with 1988 being the last traditional Iron Bowl. That was the last time there was a 50/50 ticket split. 1998 was just a Bama home game in Birmingham.Yes, last Iron Bowl was 1998. It’s inaccurate to call the game Iron Bowl if it is not played in Birmingham and the ticket split at 50/50. This year it’s the Alabama/Auburn game, visitor being listed first.