Nearly all of them were wearing Alabama gear.
"I knew it would be a sea of crimson, and I love it," Chihasz said.
Only a handful of fans were wearing Tennessee orange. Most of them expressed regret over the complaints that had surrounded Saban's appearance in the weeks leading up to it.
"You've got a very successful man in his profession," said Mike Bell, a Tennessee state senator who stood in line wearing a Tennessee shirt.
"I wish the people would accept him for that and not make such a big deal that he's the Alabama football coach, even though I'm a deep orange football fan. I hope we beat the tar out of Alabama next year, even though we've not done it for several years."
As soon as Bell got those words out of his mouth, an Alabama fan standing behind him interrupted.
"Dream on," said Floyd Shadrick of Chattanooga. "It's not going to happen in my lifetime."