So, you go to a game to root for the Tigers and in the pregame their mascot, an eagle swoops down into the stadium and lands at midfield? If this wasn’t Jordan-Hare Stadium, that just wouldn’t make any sense. But we are talking about Auburn Tigers football and so it makes perfect sense. Watching the War Eagle circle the stadium and fly in while the crowd chants WAAAAAAAAAAAR EAGLE!! Is one of those things that makes college football the greatest sporting event in the land. Nowhere is college football a bigger event than in the SEC and Auburn is clearly one of the main reasons why.
Jordan-Hare Stadium opened in 1939 and holds almost 88,000 rabid Tiger fans. The Auburn Tigers have one of the most intense fan bases in all of sports. Many of the male fans take the game so seriously that they dress in coats and ties and stand through the entire game. Auburn fans held a long tradition of toilet papering the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner. This tradition has been interrupted by a crazy fan from Auburn’s archrival, the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game known as “The Iron Bowl” is one of college football’s greatest rivalries.
Alabama and Auburn have played in some of the greatest college football games in recent years. The winner of this game typically plays for the SEC and National Championships and this year will likely be no exception. Auburn is being picked by many to not only to win the SEC but also the national championship.
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With the SEC schedule, it doesn’t matter which Tigers game you decide to attend, you will be watching two of college football’s best teams. This year’s home schedule includes Jacksonville State, Mississippi State, San Jose State, Ole Miss, Georgia, Idaho and Alabama. Get your tickets early because they are sure to go fast as the Tigers compete for the SEC West championship.
Enjoy the pregame tailgating in what is called “the Loveliest Village on the Plains” as you tailgate with what may be the friendliest fan base in the SEC. They cheer loudly for stars such as Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, and Cam Newton who all won the Heisman Trophy while playing for the Tigers faithful. Other Auburn greats include Brent Fullwood, Aundray Bruce, William Andrews, Joe Cribbs, Takeo Spikes and Carnell Williams have thrilled the Orange and Blue clad fans over the years and this team will surely produce even more star players creating more thrilling moments.
Coach Gus Mahlzahn has proven to an offensive genius in his coaching career and this year Auburn will have one of the great defensive coaches in the game in Will Muschamp running the defense.
Jordan-Hare Stadium is one of the great college football venues. Be sure to bring your appetite and watch some great football while eating some great barbecue and other southern favorites. Wear your orange and blue and be ready to be thoroughly entertained as you witness one of the great college football programs in action.
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