By Haley Hart for AuburnTigers.com
AUBURN, Ala. - Although college football starts in the fall, every student, fan and attendee of an Auburn football game knows that it will most likely feel like the middle of summer on that first exciting Saturday.
Auburn's SEC matchup against Arkansas on August 30 was no exception, with the temperature at Jordan-Hare Stadium hovering between 85 and 92 degrees and the humidity index shooting to a high of 94.
Excitement for Auburn football and anticipation for kickoff was going to get fans to the stadium; an ample supply of cool water was going to keep them there.
Nearly 80,000 bottles of water were sold during Saturday's game, as patrons took advantage of the new fan-friendly $2 pricing for bottled water.
By contrast, during the 2013 season, Jordan-Hare Stadium sold an estimated 80,000 water bottles during the first four home games. Basically, the stadium sold as much water on Saturday as during four games last year. The most water sold at a single game in 2013 was during the season opener with Washington State (27,332 bottles).
On top of concession sales, Auburn University Facilities and Operations added eight water-refilling stations, both inside and outside of the stadium, where fans can refill empty bottles free of charge.
Each of those refilling stations holds 125 gallons of water; those inside the stadium were refilled a total of 23 times on Saturday, accounting for 2,875 gallons or enough to fill 18,400 water bottles.
The fans' water consumption was enough for an estimated 98,342 water bottles, equaling 15,365 gallons of water. This is equivalent to the amount of water contained in a 15x30-foot swimming pool. If you were to set out 15,365 gallon jugs of water side-by-side in the Auburn endzone, 4/5 of it would be covered.
The massive totals in water consumption can be attributed to multiple factors ranging from decreased concession prices, availability of refill stations and incredibly high temperatures.
Regardless, no one can doubt the resiliency of Auburn fans and that they will do whatever it takes to stay at the game and stay well-hydrated in supporting their Tigers.