Auburn Promotes Gameday Weekends for 2012



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AUBURN -- The Auburn Athletics Department has scheduled and is promoting many additional activities for the seven weekends surrounding 2012 home football games to help fans enjoy Gameday Weekends on the Plains.

"When our fans and alumni return to campus for football games, they are oftentimes looking for a weekend full of events. It's about more than just the game or even the gameday for our fans. We want this to be a full weekend experience," said Scott Carr, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. "We hope with all the new activities planned, fans will be fully engaged, not just on the athletics side but with the entire University and Auburn community as well."

Each weekend will have a specially planned featured event on Friday night which includes concerts, movie nights, dinner at Jordan-Hare Stadium and Auburn Athletic Events like soccer, volleyball and men's basketball.

Autumn Nights Downtown Concerts (9/14 & 11/16): Join the Auburn Family at Toomer's Corner beginning at 6 p.m. with Aubie, Auburn Cheerleaders and live music. The concert on Sept. 14 will be from the R&B band The Swingin' Medallions and music on Nov. 16 will be from the party band Chevy 6. The event is presented by AO Tourism Bureau, the Auburn Chamber, the City of Auburn, the Downtown Merchants, the Alumni Association and Auburn Athletics. Admission is free.

Outdoor Movie Night at Plainsman Park (9/21): Auburn Athletics invites families out to Plainsman Park for a family-friendly showing of Madagascar 3 at 7:30 p.m. Fans can bring blankets out to the field for the movie and concessions will be open. Admission is free.

Café Jordan-Hare (10/5):Fans have a chance to dine at the 50 yard-line of Jordan-Hare Stadium feasting on a meal prepared by a first-class chef. There is a charge for dinner and a limit on the number of guests able to attend. Reservation details will be released at a later date.

Hudson Family Foundation Benefit Concert (11/2): This Auburn Homecoming benefit concert will feature Dierks Bentley, Craig Morgan and Easton Corbin at Auburn Arena. The concert is a benefit for the Hudson Family Foundation, created by former Auburn pitcher Tim Hudson and his wife, Kim.

Other new events created especially for Auburn fans to enjoy each week include Jordan-Hare Stadium locker room tours, an All-Star Lecture series, a reverse Tiger Walk, campus walking tours, Verizon autograph tent and the new Tiger Walk Tailgate.

Jordan-Hare Stadium Locker Room Tours: From 4-6 p.m. each Friday, fans can tour the Auburn football locker room and Tigers' Den area before taking the field through the Jordan-Hare Stadium tunnel. Enter at Gate 10 and admission is free.

All-Star Lecture Series:Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Office of Communications and Marketing, each week features renowned speakers on various topics at the Alumni Center each Friday at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Reverse Tiger Walk:Fans can see the Auburn football team off as they head to Montgomery at 5 p.m. each Friday from the Athletics Complex.

Campus Walking Tours: Spend Friday afternoons with the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen touring Auburn's beautiful campus. Tours leave the Alumni Center at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. It's a great experience for alums and any new visitor who want to experience Auburn's beautiful campus.

Verizon Autograph Tent: Former football letterwinners return to campus each Saturday to take part in tailgating at the Verizon Autograph Tent located in the Tiger Walk Tailgate party in the Plainsman Park parking lot.

Tiger Walk Tailgate: Located in the Plainsman Park parking lot, the party begins each Saturday four hours prior to kickoff. The tailgate includes live entertainment, multiple food and beverage vendors, large video screens, the Verizon Autograph Tent and close proximity to Tiger Walk. Admission is free.

In addition to all the events surrounding the Athletics calendar each week, the University and Auburn Opelika community also have much to offer fans returning to campus for the weekend. For years, the Southeastern Raptor Center has been hosting a birds-in-flight program on Fridays at 4 p.m. before home football games called "Football Fans and Feathers" introducing visitors to the worlds of Hawks, Falcons and Eagles. The University Program Council (UPC) has a variety of events each week which include a Battle of the Bands, Dinner and Dancing, a concert in the amphitheater and Tiger Nights.

The Forest Ecology and Preserve will host "AUsome Amphibians and Reptiles" program and is open seven days a week to teach the wonders of nature through five miles of trails and gardens. The Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, open daily, including Saturday, houses approximately 2,000 works of art ranging from traditional to contemporary. The Theatre and Music Departments on campus also have a number of performances planned for the fall semester, which offer fans diverse cultural experiences.