Years ago when I was raising a family, we would leave our seats in the north endzone after games at Jordan-Hare Stadium and walk across the football field, allowing our kids to run ahead of us. Our family would exit out the tunnel underneath the south endzone, walking past the players locker room as we left.
Those were fond memories that my kids have until this day. Later on, that family tradition was halted when the SEC outlawed the practice of allowing fans on the field after games. I only wish I had taken pictures of those moments.
This Saturday my children’s kids will have the same opportunity when Auburn opens Pat Dye Field to fans after the Homecoming game against Western Carolina. For a guy who cherishes family moments as well as an appreciation for nostalgia, it will be a special time.
Just to think of being on the same turf that Auburn players and coaches past and present have played on is something we all are looking forward to.
The school had to gain a special waiver from the Southeastern Conference to host the event. Athletics Director, Jay Jacobs said, “We felt that this was a great time to do this. We’re very appreciative of the Conference and Commissioner Slive for allowing this to happen for our fans.”
The University’s official release states that fans will be granted the opportunity to come to the playing surface after the coaches and players have exited. Fans can gain access to the field thru field gates at Sections 1, 11, 15, 20, 24 and 34.
I know one family that will be happy to once again step on the field where Auburn Legends have roamed … And this time we will have a camera.
Looking forward to seeing you at the game. War Eagle
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