Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Weekend Events: AU vs. Mississippi State

Can you believe we are entering the fourth week of college football?! It seems like just yesterday we were anxiously awaiting the reveal of our Auburn Tiger Football team and now here we are going into week four. As we begin marking off previous games with Ws and Ls and start looking to the next game ahead there is one thing that holds true throughout the weeks. That thing is that no matter what happens we are the Auburn Family and pride for our beloved Tigers will always hold steady and true.

And since our love for the Tigers is strong, it can be quite the task to sit by and wait for the next game to roll around. The good news though is that there are plenty of AUsome events to keep us busy in the meantime. Do you know about all of the AUsome events that take place on the weekends of home football games? Well, in case you didn’t I am here to give you the scoop. Below, I’ve listed the exciting events taking place this weekend for the AU vs. Mississippi game. For more information on these upcoming events, please email or call (334) 887-8747.

Friday Football Luncheon

Kickoff home game weekends at the Friday Football Luncheon. Enjoy lunch with other Auburn fans and participate in a brief talk with Coach Malzahn or one of the other coaches. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at The luncheon is held in the Letterman's Lounge inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. Guests can enter in through the East Side Scholarship Entrance. Parking is available on the 4th level of the stadium deck on Heisman Drive.

Date: 9/25/15 // Time: 11:30 a.m. // Location: Letterman's Lounge at Jordan-Hare Stadium

Auburn University Campus Walking Tours 

Join the War Eagle Girls and Plainsman on Friday afternoon before home games beginning at 4:00 p.m. from the Auburn Alumni Center for a special tour of campus. Free and open to the public. Campus walking tours available prior to each home game except the Auburn-Alabama game.

Date: 9/25/15 // Time: 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Auburn Alumni Center

Jordan-Hare Stadium Locker Room Tours 

Come experience the pre-game locker room setup for the Auburn football team at   Jordan-Hare Stadium on Fridays prior to each home game from 4-6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Please enter at Gate 10 through the Jane and Mike McCartney Brick Plaza.

Date: 9/25/15 // Time: 4 - 6 p.m.
Location: Gate 10 at Jordan-Hare Stadium

Football, Fans, and Feathers Raptor Educational Program 

Join the Southeastern Raptor Center for Football, Fans and Feathers, a raptor show and flight demonstration where hawks, falcons, eagles and other birds of prey are free-flown from towers and around the amphitheater, enabling visitors to see these raptors fly up close. Tickets are $5 per person and support the mission of the Southeastern Raptor Center, the rehabilitation of injured or orphaned raptors, to educate the public about birds of prey and conservation. Call Andrew Hopkins at (334) 844-6943 for more information about the event.

Date: 9/25/15 // Time: 4 - 5 p.m. // Location: 1350 Pratt-Carden Dr., Auburn, AL 36830

AUsome Amphibians & Reptiles 

Join the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve & Nature Center staff for a one-hour presentation on the AUsome amphibians and reptiles found in our state and beyond. Children and adults will enjoy this entertaining hands-on program with live animals. Admission is $5/person. Children 3 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the nature center. This event is sponsored by the Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau.

Date: 9/25/15 // Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Kreher Preserve & Nature Center
2222 North College Street, Auburn, AL 36830

Rehabilitated Raptor Release 

The release will take place immediately following the Football, Fans and Feathers education bird event that SRC conducts on Fridays before home and away football games at the Edgar B. Carter Amphitheatre. When injured raptors are brought to SRC, they are evaluated and treated with the goal of returning them to a suitable habitat in the wild. The raptors being released here are young Barred Owls, brought to the center as orphans. In the case of these orphaned owls, Chewacla State Park provides an appropriate habitat for their release. If you have questions about the event, please email Joanne Ninesling at

Date: 9/25/15 // Time: 6 -7 p.m. // Location: 124 Shell Toomer Pkwy., Auburn, AL, 36830

Friday Football Dinner 

Kick off home game weekends at the Friday Football Dinners. Enjoy dinner with Auburn fans and eat where the Tigers eat in the new Auburn Wellness Kitchen. Tickets are $40 (plus tax) each and $20 (plus tax) for children 12 years and younger. Register online today at Date: 9/25/15 // Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. // Location: Wellness Kitchen.

AU Football vs. Mississippi State  

Come out on Saturday, September 25, as they take on Mississippi State! Two hours prior to the game, the Tiger Walk will take place and gates will open. Pre-game festivities will begin on the field 20 minutes before kickoff and then the eagle will take flight. The game will begin at 6:36 p.m. For those watching from home, the game will be available on ESPN2. Click here for a detailed gameday schedule of events.

This week in Auburn/Opelika
September 22: Introduction to Lean U Start-Ups at the Shelby Center for Engineering
September 23: Rhiannon Giddens Concert at the Opelika Center for Performing Arts
September 23: “Flora and Fauna” art exhibit at the Jule Collins Smith Museum
September 23: Tour the Auburn University Museum of Natural History from 4-6 p.m.
September 24: Jazz! Food! Art! at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art from 5-8 p.m.
September 24: Extended Museum and Cafe Hours at the Jule Collins Smith Museum

For more information on these events or upcoming events, please visit!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gameday Countdown

UPDATE: We are now officially 11 DAYS away from the start of Auburn Football and 18 DAYS from the first game in Jordan-Hare Stadium. This morning when I woke up, the cooler air reminded me that it is almost that time. While it is still hot, we are starting to get glimpses of what is to come. Today we are going to dive into the world of tailgating. We receive calls all the time asking the who, what, where about tailgating on gameday, so today, we hope to help answer some of those questions! Below is information straight from the fan guide. To receive a copy of the official fan guide, email or call (334) 887-8747.

How does it work in general?

  • Tailgating is not allowed on campus until 4 p.m. on Friday. Tailgating will be allowed on Friday at 6 a.m. for the Alabama game.
  • Please observe and follow signs in and around all construction areas.
  • Reserving tailgating spots in grass areas using stakes, ropes, ribbons, tape, chairs, tables, tents, vehicles or other items is not allowed until 4 p.m. on Friday (except Alabama game), except for specially permitted University events. Items found before then are subject to removal without notice or reimbursement.
  • It is unlawful to use any university utilities.

Where can I tailgate with my RV?

The hayfields on Donahue Drive will open for free, public RV parking at 2 p.m. on Thursdays prior to home games. The hayfields close at 4 p.m. on Sundays following each home game. The hayfields will open on Wednesday at 2 p.m. for the Alabama game.

Can I buy tailgating spots?

Tailgate at the Park- This fall, bring your tailgate parties to the Tailgate at the Park, where your space is reserved all season, and your walk to the game is only a block. Tailgate packages are available for any size group-whether it's just you and your family, or if you and your friends plan to reserve space together. Fans can customize their packages to include premium parking, reserved tailgate spots, tents, tables, and chairs. RV Parking and special event packages are available too. Reserve your season of hassle-free tailgating at

Tailgate Guys- Since 2009, Tailgate Guys has provided a superior, turn-key tailgating service for the game day fan. Offering fully customizable tailgate packages, Tailgate Guys can accommodate almost any size or type of tailgate. All tailgate packages include tents, chairs, tables, and personalize signage with the option to add TV packages, catering and other supplemental items. They operate in a premier location on the Campus Green just steps from Jordan-Hare Stadium. For more information, please visit or call (334) 209-1259.

Are there any special requirements for my tent?

Tents with stakes shorter than 12-inches may be set up after 4 p.m. on Fridays (6 a.m. for Alabama game). Permits are required for any tent with stakes that are 12-inches or longer. Permit requests are handled online at or (334) 844-4619.

Special permits are required for outdoor entertainment events with amplified sound. Permit requests must be submitted at least 14 days in advance and must include a list of required information for the request to be approved. Requests should be made to (334) 844-4619. Special event permits are not site reservations.

Can I have a grill?

Grills are not allowed within 50 feet of campus buildings or in other designated no-grill areas. All fires must be contained within grills or other containers designed specifically for that purpose. Extinguish charcoal fires thoroughly with water before leaving them unattended. Place extinguished charcoal in designated containers or remove it from campus for disposal. Do not dump charcoal on the group or in dumpsters. Tailgating and grilling are not allowed in the parking decks.

Will there be recycling bins for me to use?

Please keep campus beautiful by placing all trash and recycling in the proper bins located throughout the university tailgate areas, RV lots, and stadium for your convenience. Litter and recycling bags will also be distributed in tailgate areas and RV lots to help keep the university litter-free. Please see the Gameday map for trash and recycling locations.

Can I drop my tailgate supplies off?

Each game day, fans will have the opportunity to unload their vehicles in one of six designated locations.

The locations are:
A. Transportation Tech Center (Magnolia Avenue)
B. Goodwin Music Hall (Samford Avenue)
C. Mell Street Station (Mell Street)
D. Thach Avenue (Mell Street)
E. Intramural Fields (Biggio Drive)
F. Facilities Division (Samford Avenue)

*At spots, A, B, E, and F, fans may utilize the drop-off point beginning at 6 a.m. until 2 hours prior to kick-off.
**At spot C and D, fans may utilize the drop-off point beginning at 6 a.m. and ending when the Mell Street corridor is closed 4 hours prior to kick-off.

Well there ya have it! We hope that this helps you plan your tailgating for the 2015 AU Football season. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (334) 887-8747 or visit our website,, for additional information! Stay tuned next week as we break down gameday weekend events!

This week in Auburn/Opelika:

August 25: Opelika Mainstreet Farmers Market from 3-6 p.m.
August 27: The Market at Ag Heritage Park from 3-6 p.m.
August 27: Jazz! Food! Art! at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art from 5-8 p.m.
August 28: Closing reception for Ceramics and Drawing Exhibition "Florishing"
August 28: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors in Concert from 5-10 p.m.
August 28: AU Soccer vs. UAB at 7 p.m.
August 28: AU Volleyball vs. Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m.
August 29: 12 Hours of Nite Nationals at Chewacla State Park
August 29: AU Volleyball vs. Jacksonville at noon
August 29: AU Volleyball vs. Samford at 7:30 p.m.
August 30: AU Soccer vs. Furman at 1 p.m.

For more information on these events or upcoming events, please visit!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Gameday Countdown

It is official. We are only 24 DAYS away from kick-off in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Luckily, we only have 18 DAYS until the Tigers are back in action. If you are like me, you can feel your blood pumping. You are starting to get anxious and maybe even a little impatient for those Saturdays on the Plains. Well, while I can't speed up time, I can help you get ready for the big day! Throughout the next few weeks, I am going to give you the run down on everything gameday. From hotels to events, you will be ready to head down to the Plains in no time!


Despite the rumor, hotels are NOT sold out. As of last week, the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau is reporting 29 hotels that still have availability for the first game against Jacksonville State. Auburn and Opelika have no shortage of rooms. Auburn currently has 18 hotels, with two of those being brand new with the Courtyard by Marriott on Exit 51 and Candlewood Suites on Exit 57. Opelika has 16 hotels, including the Marriott at Grand National on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Don't let staying in Opelika scare you, in a few minutes, you will discover that the Tiger Transit system makes it easy for you to travel between the two cities on gameday. The Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau works hard all season long to ensure that availability is up to date. We provide a listing for you to view each week at with the most current rates and openings at each hotel in Auburn and Opelika, although these should be used as a guideline due to availability constantly changing. If you have any questions, you can always call us and we will be happy to help you find room. Below is an example of our Football Hotel Availability listing:


Parking can be overwhelming on gameday, but have no fear, we are here to break it down for you. Below are parking instructions straight from the Fan Guide. If you would like a copy of the Auburn Fan Guide, please email us at

Rule & Regulations
No parking is allowed on the roadway, bike paths and sidewalks.

For pedestrian safety the Mell Street corridor, bound by the intersections of Thach and College, Mell and Samford, and Miller and College will close to all vehicular traffic approximately two to four hours prior to kickoff. To improve safety, parking and post game exiting, game day guests will ONLY be allowed to access parking in the Mell Street corridor from College Street via Roosevelt Drive. Guests parking south of Roosevelt Drive will be required to park facing south and guests parking north of Roosevelt Drive will be required to park facing north.

Vehicles are not allowed inside areas enclosed by bollards, posts, chains or fences. Cars in these areas or those found blocking roadways, sidewalks, emergency lanes, fire hydrants, driveways or other vehicles are subject to being towed at the owner's expense.

Non-university golf carts and all-terrain vehicles are not allowed on campus.

All streets must remain open to traffic and emergency vehicles, except those that are blocked by law-enforcement barricades surrounding Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Accessible Parking
To utilize the AU Accessible parking lot, two items must be present at time of entry:
  1. The state-issued handicapped license plate or hang tag;
  2. The individual holder of the handicapped registration form must be present in the vehicle with photo ID.
  3. Fans parking in ADA lot are not permitted to rope-off or hold spaces for any reason.
RV Parking Information
RVs arriving prior to their designated time may park in the large grass parking areas located at the corner of Donahue Drive and Lem Morrison Drive, beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday (2 p.m. Wednesday for Alabama Game). RVs must leave campus by 4 p.m. on Sundays.

No-RV zones remain in effect in the core area of campus and other sites. Please refer to the Game Day Map in this guide to determine which areas are designated No-RV zones.

In order to minimize dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning casued by engine exhausts from RVs, trailers or portable generators, owners should ensure that engines are properly vented. Always park in a manner that ensures adequate space between vehicles. Install carbon monoxide detectors if possible.

That was overwhelming and wordy, but to sum it all up, check out the gameday parking map below.


Don't want to bother with parking? Auburn University Tiger Transit system offers a free service on gamedays that takes the worry and hassle out of gameday. The Tiger Transit buses run four hours prior to kickoff, continuously during the game and for two hours post-game to return fans to their stops. What more could you ask for? Tiger Transit pickups are located at various locations around the Auburn-Opelika area, so no matter what direction you are coming from, you can enjoy this luxury on gameday. Below are the transit pickups:


Duck Samford Park (Airport Road, Auburn)
The transit bus pick-up point is located approximately 100 yards on the left after entering Duck Samford Park.

City of Auburn Softball Complex (2560 South College Street, Auburn)
Conveniently located off I-85 (exit 51), the transit bus pick up point is located next to Surfside Water Park.

Village Mall (1627-53 Opelika Road, Auburn)
The transit bus pick-up point is located off Mall Blvd in close proximity to Belk's parking lot.

TigerTown (2199 TigerTown Pkwy, Opelika)
Located off exit 58, the transit bus pick-up point is located in close proximity to the Kohl's parking lot.


War Eagle Way (serves as main campus pick up and drop off point)
All game day Tiger Transit shuttles will drop-off and pick-up on campus on War Eagle Way, immediately north of the Nichols Center.

Facilities Division (Samford Avenue)

Lem Morrison and Donahue

West Parking Lot (W. Thach Avenue)

Community Garden (Samford Avenue across from facilities)

We hope that you are well equipped with where you are going to stay and how you are going to get to the action, but as always, if you have questions, please give us a call at (334) 887-8747. Stay tuned for all about tailgating! For more information on gameday, please visit or

This week in Auburn-Opelika:

August 13-22: Auburn University Welcome Week
August 18: Bartender of the Year Competition at the Hotel at Auburn University.
August 18: Opelika Mainstreet Farmers Market from 3-6 p.m.
August 20: The Market at Ag Heritage Park from 3-6 p.m.
August 20: Jazz! Food! Art! at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
August 21-23: Thunder Road Classic
August 21: Young Frankenstein at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center
August 21: Come Home to the Corner in Downtown Auburn.
August 21: Comedy Night featuring James Gregory and Jody Fuller at the Bottling Plant Event Center
August 21: Act of Congress in concert at Sundilla
August 22: Tails & Trails 5K Run and One Mile Walk at Town Creek Park

For more information on these events, or upcoming events, please visit!