Sept. 20, 2011
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AUBURN - The Auburn Tigers' volleyball match on Friday, Sept. 30, against the No. 6-ranked Florida Gators will take place at Auburn Arena, athletics officials announced Tuesday.
It will be the first volleyball match played at the one-year-old arena, which opened in October 2010. Auburn has played the majority of its matches since 1986 at the Student Activities Center, but occasionally played at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum in previous years.
"We're really excited about the opportunity to play the first volleyball match at this beautiful facility, one of the best in the SEC," Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. "I think it will be a great night for our players and our fans, we'll be facing a strong opponent in Florida, and I hope we can get a great crowd and break the attendance record."
The biggest crowd at the Student Activities Center came Sept. 25, 2009, when 1,215 fans packed the gym for Auburn's match against LSU. In 2006, a match against Alabama at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum drew 1,211 fans, believed to be the biggest crowd outside the Student Act.
It will also be Social Media Night for Auburn volleyball as fans will be encouraged to interact with the volleyball team's Facebook and Twitter platforms throughout the week to win prizes including Under Armour gear, autographed items, and an iPod Touch. The first 250 fans will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Momma G's.
The Tigers are in action at home this weekend, hosting Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday before welcoming Ole Miss on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free to all Auburn home volleyball matches.