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Auburn Adds New Free Tailgaiting and Parking for 2013 Season

By on June 28th, 2013 in Football, News 5 Comments »

Back in May, Auburn University President Jay Gogue                127602168_-auburn-university-tigers-game-day-tailgating-flag-
said one of his expectations of the Athletic Department was the,“enhancing of  the game-day experience, on and off the field.” Well today Auburn AD, Jay Jacobs announced the addition of more than 2,000 free parking spaces along with the opening of new tailgate areas for the 2013 football season.

In an open letter to the Auburn Family, Jacobs said the action was taken as a result of fan response to a survey which, “Made it clear that tailgating, parking and the accessibility of campus rank high on (fans) list,” to improve game days on campus.

Those that read my column, know that I have voiced concern of the direction the school has been trending toward in recent years.

Since the addition of rental tents in front of both the stadium and the basketball arena, it has appeared that the (fundraising) Ole Miss ‘Grove’ type experience is what Auburn has been moving toward; while at the same time closing down traditional tailgaiting and parking areas.

Yet, the average fan already makes a sacrifice to support the Tigers. When you add the cost of the tickets and the athletic contribution, it cost a family of four close to $3,000 a year to sit in the cheap seats. And that doesn’t even cover gas, food, and the possible hotel accommodation.

Adding 2,000 new spaces is a step in the right direction and I commend any effort to make things easier on the fans to attend games and enjoy tailgaiting. However, there’s a lot more that can be done to make people feel more welcomed back on campus.

Jacobs said he is not through though and today’s announcement, “Is the first of several new actions I will take over the summer months to improve the AUAD, and especially the gameday experience for our fans.”

That’s good news because the unique atmosphere of Auburn Saturdays along with free tailgating has always been part of what makes football games on The Plains so special.

We applaud today’s announcement and we look forward to seeing what those, “new actions” will bring.

Editor’s note:
Readers can see a map of the new gameday parking plan by clicking on the following link from the Athletic web site. Also to take a look at the proposed changes, click here for a video tour that was given to the media .

5 Comments

  1. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    I said I’d believe it when I saw it. Got to give JJ credit, I didn’t think he would really come through on this. But I see there is one caveat – “800 paid parking spots” were also added.

    That’s a problem for me.It looks like he used the opening of the new spots as a way to charge for parking. He’s still looking to find ways to get more money out of the fans. First there was charging for tailgaiting around the stadium and now there will be 800 parking spots that will cost fans to use. I’m afraid it’s just the toe in the door to charge for the right to park anywhere on campus during football games.

  2. mvhcpa says:

    ‘Bout freaking time the regular alumni got a bone thrown their way, although PMT’s point also has me concerned. I was always amazed that gameday used to consist of showing up with 83,000 of your best friends and family, dealing with each other as family and equals with our earliest-learned rules of polite conduct (including “taking turns” and “first-come-first-served”), and simply enjoying yourself, like it was a natural part of your life. I guess I am naive to think it can still be the same way in the “modern” world, and not turn into some Disney-esque pre-packaged paid-for good time.

    I remember one game where my best friend and I just parked his Toyota near the Vet school a few hours before the game, took out our Chuck’s BBQ sandwiches, and ate them right off the hood of his car. Then we put our feet on the ground and laid back on the hood, closing our eyes and listening to the radios with other football games on and enjoying a half-hour of sun before we walked over to the stadium (back when we were able to walk that far!). My friend commented as we stretched out there, “You see, this is what football is all about–an excuse to do nothing all day.” Well, I think he meant an excuse to enjoy the simple pleasures of BBQ and sun and friends (including all 83,000 of the aforementioned family) without any planning or provisions or payment (other than for the sandwiches, of course).

    Michael Val
    (who wonders, is it still “tailgating” if you eat off the hood?)

  3. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    AU took a turn for the worse in the 1990s. This is an attempt at getting fans back pure and simple. They are desperate and don’t know what to do.

  4. TigerWoman says:

    As a long time tailgater, I got to say this action is very welcomed. The University has been making it harder and harder to tailgate and park on campus for years and years. But I’m still a little anxious that they may start charging for all parking spaces.

    • GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

      Agreed – a good thing,
      I just hope that “Enhancing the game day experience” is not code for How can we get more money out of the fans?