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Word to the wise: Leave early for the Iron Bowl

Nov. 28, 2013



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By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn University has a suggestion for you if you're driving in for Saturday's Iron Bowl. 

Leave your house early for the game. 

The university is expecting between 100,000 to 150,000 on campus for the 2:30 p.m. game between No. 4 Auburn and No. 1 Alabama. Fans who were caught in traffic on I-85 or on U.S. 280 for the Nov. 16 Georgia game will likely heed this suggestion. 

Saturday may see a record crowd, with 87,451 in Jordan-Hare Stadium, another 6,000 watching in Auburn Arena and more fans in for the tailgating experience. 

"We're expecting very large crowd in the City of Auburn and the university campus," said Scott Carr, the university's senior associate athletics director for external affairs. "Our expectations are a lot of people who don't have tickets will be coming to town just for the atmosphere. We're expecting heavier-than- usual pregame and postgame traffic." 

Auburn police and Alabama state troopers will be handling the traffic flow. 

Perhaps the most familiar path to Auburn off I-85 is exit 51 to College Street. Auburn also recommends exits 42, 50, 57 and 58. Exits 51 and 57 are considered among the busiest. 

Off U.S. 280, Auburn suggests considering turning at Highway 147, Shelton Mill Road and Veterans Parkway.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter:



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