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Dear Auburn Family,
It’s finally here.
Game day. The day we all begin thinking about soon after football season ends every year.
Just like you, my mind turns to game day not long after our last game of the season.
Those of us who work in Auburn Athletics may be thinking about it for different reasons, though. We think about it year-round because our goal is continuous improvement for the gameday experience for our fans.
We can all agree Auburn has one of the best gameday experiences in the nation, but we can always get better. Each and every year, we listen to you and we do our best to address your concerns and suggestions.
We roll out new ideas to build on the legacy we already have to get better every year. This year is no exception. You can read about 25 gameday improvements here, but I want to mention just a few.
Additional free water refilling stations have been added in the stadium.
The price of bottled water has been dropped from $4 to $2.
The price of hotdogs has been dropped from $4 to $3.
Mobile ticket delivery: You can now get your ticket delivered to your smartphone and get it scanned at the gate.
The Auburn gameday mobile app will now have free audio streaming of the Auburn IMG broadcast.
The JHS cellular DAS was upgraded, which we hope will help with cellular capacity.
Young alumni program: Special discounted TUF for young alumni (0-3 years removed from Auburn) along with season ticket purchase. Young alumni will sit together in Section 37. Program sold out for 2014.
Bar codes added to faculty/staff tickets to allow faculty/staff to enter any public gate, making previously assigned gates open to all fans.
Gate 19 will be an exclusive gate for scholarship donors. This gate was not previously open for access.
There will be bathroom attendants located in all restrooms located in the lower levels. With the addition of these attendants, the custodial resources that were split between the lower and upper level in past years will now be able to focus on the upper level restrooms.
Restrooms in the lower level will have additional fans and audio for access to the Auburn IMG Network broadcasts. The upper level will have fans in all restrooms and are scheduled to have the audio broadcast available for the 2015 season.
Several years ago, we expanded the "gameday experience" to the "gameday weekend experience," adding events to enhance the entire weekend for our fans. Below are several events you can enjoy, including a new Thursday night event called "The Huddle."
In an ongoing effort to enhance the Gameday Weekend Experience, Auburn Athletics has created The Huddle, an interactive event on Thursday, Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Ariccia at the Auburn Hotel & Conference Center.
At the first Huddle event, I look forward to joining Gabe Gross, former Auburn quarterback and Major League Baseball player, Coach Malzahn, and other special guests for an hour long discussion on Auburn and collegiate athletics. Additional guests will be announced later this week. The event will be available via live streaming on AuburnTigers.com for any fans unable to attend on site at Ariccia.
Friday Football Luncheons
Our Friday Football Luncheons are a great way to kick off the gameday weekend if you have never been. Fans can get a sneak preview of the game with Coach Malzahn or other members of the coaching staff. Online registration is available.
Friday, August 29, 2014 (prior to Arkansas game) - SOLD OUT
Friday, September 5, 2014 (prior to San Jose State game)
Friday, September 26, 2014 (prior to Louisiana Tech game)
Friday, October 3, 2014 (prior to LSU game) - SOLD OUT
Friday, October 24, 2014 (prior to South Carolina game) - SOLD OUT
Friday, November 7, 2014 (prior to Texas A&M game) - SOLD OUT
Friday, November 21, 2014 (prior to Samford game)
Wellness Kitchen Dinners
Auburn fans can plan their next special dinner on Friday nights prior to home games at the Auburn Wellness Kitchen and "dine where the players dine." The dinner will include specialty menus, cook-to-order features and an allergy-free, gluten-free kitchen. Indoor and outdoor dining is available. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Online registration is available below:
Friday, August 29, 2014 (prior to Arkansas game)
Auburn baseball Coach Sunny Golloway will attend the event this Friday from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Also, the cheerleaders, Tiger Paws, and Aubie will be in attendance between 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Friday, September 5, 2014 (prior to San Jose State game)
Auburn basketball Coach Bruce Pearl will attend the event from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Also, the cheerleaders, Tiger Paws, and Aubie will be in attendance between 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
We will once again offer Café Jordan-Hare, a truly unique dining experience on the 50 yard line of Jordan-Hare Stadium. You are invited to enjoy different culinary presentations while visiting with other members of the Auburn family. Save the dates of Friday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 24. Online registration is available:
Friday, October 3, 2014 (prior to LSU game)
Friday, October 24, 2014 (prior to South Carolina game)
A few other gameday weekend events that you can read about at www.auburntigers.com/gamedayevents include the Auburn Lecture Series, Campus Walking Tours, Football, Fans & Feathers, Verizon Autograph Tent and Locker Room Tours. The Locker Room Tours are one of our most popular events. The locker room is open to the public on Fridays prior to each home game from 4-6 p.m.
Auburn gameday weekends are a special time. I hope to see you in Auburn soon.
God Bless and War Eagle,
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