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It’s Great to be Back in Jordan-Hare

By on September 4th, 2013 in Football 14 Comments »

No other sport has the passion, emotion, and excitement that goes along with College Football. And few places can match the level of passion that is felt inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on game days. The nation’s 10th-largest on-campus stadium is filled every Saturday with over 80,000 adoring fans. Or as we like to call ourselves – family members.

During last week’s pre-game press conference, new Head Coach Gus Malzahn said it would be great, “to be back among the fans in the stadium.” Only some one like Coach Malzahn, who has experienced the unique JHS atmosphere, can relate to the depth of feeling behind that statement. There’s just no place like it any where on earth.

With the sluggish economy and other things demanding my time, I have been tempted in recent years to drop my season tickets. Then something happens to me at the first game as I am awash in a wave of utter emotion and passion that is Auburn Football. The entire game day experience is intoxicating. The sights, sounds, and smells are something that cannot be denied and being in Jordan-Hare is the highlight of of it all.

It’s still great to be in Jordan-Hare even on a rain soaked night like the 2009 West Virginia game or on a hot and humid night like this year’s opener against Washington State. Saturday was the most oppressively humid game I can ever remember attending in 37 years of being a season ticket holder. Yet the Family showed up and was loud and passionate in support of their Tigers.

Despite the horrific humidity it was  great to, finally after nine months, be back in Jordan-Hare. The atmosphere inside and outside was at it’s usual high level of anticipation and excitement. And being a night game just added to the mystique.

The Washington State folks were blown away by the atmosphere. WSU student Kevin Massimino told Phillip Marshall of that it was an awesome and incredible experience that he will never forget. His testimony is typical of visitors attending their first game at Jordan-Hare.

After Auburn played Syracuse in 2002 their Athletic Director Jake Crouthamel, came away astonished. Crouthamel said, “You can’t be anything but envious when you have that kind of support. When you talk about the epitome of what the college football experience is all about … that’s it. Auburn is the epitome.”

Auburn game days have an almost spiritual, transcendental quality that extends beyond the limits of ordinary experience. If that statement seems over the top, consider the now famous quote about Jordan-Hare from Bud Poliquin, an objective sports journalist who covered the 2002 game for the Syracuse Post-Standard.

“Believe me on this. Please. I have descended into college football’s Grand Canyon. I have stood in its Alps. I have gazed at its ocean sunset. I have attended a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. And I’ve been changed forever.”

If you are an Auburn fan, and you never have been to the Tigers’ Football Cathedral, you owe it to yourself to experience it at least once. This past Saturday, my family and I were blessed to be there for Gus Malzahn’s Head Coaching debut. Seeing the coach get his first win was fun but I gotta tell you, even more than that it was  …

Great to be back in Jordan-Hare!



  1. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    Good up ATM, Your right, being at a game in Jordan-Hare is great. Wished I could have been there for Washington State but I plan to make it this Saturday for a night game in Jordan-Hare. Can’t wait!

  2. WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

    I was a little ashamed to see the open seats in the corners of the upper decks Saturday night. Supposedly we virtually sold out the spring game but can’t fill opening night against an out of conference BCS foe? Give the tickets away if you have to. Get asses in those seats. This is the SEC, where things like this are noticed.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Those upper corners (esp. the East Deck) are usually full of visiting fans. But your absolutely right WEA; give ’em to some high school bands or something – Just fill those seats.

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    The humidity was oppressive. I don’t know how the players could play in it. But the atmosphere in Jordan-Hare was great the whole game. Fans were in the game all night. It was great fun to watch these Tigers enjoy a win in Jordan-Hare.

  4. wde21 says:

    Great article and -up! Definitely captured the spirit of the game! The humidity was the worst I have experienced in my 40 plus years of attending games at Jordan Hare. It was great to be there for the opening game of the Gus Bus! The WSU fans were very impressed with the eagles flight, the hospitality and the way the girls “dressed up” for the games! Nice to see our guys come back and finish the game for the victory.

  5. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    Good read Tigerman.. I love going to games at Auburn. Just wish I could attend more than one or two a year. The night games are really awesome. I look forward to the Tigers giving Gus a winning record in JHS in his first year as head coach. Bring on Arkansas State!

  6. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    ATM you nailed it. There is nothing in this world to compare to a game in Jordan-Hare stadium. Due to distance, work and other obligations, I have been away too long. I was there Saturday and I loved every minute of it. We met some nice young men from Washington State and they were thoroughly impressed. The eagle flight, the roaring crowd and the rolling of Toomer’s Corner without trees really impressed them. It also impressed me after 50 years of being an Auburn man. I plan to be there for the MSU game and may be able to make more this year. Keep up the great work on trackemtigers. We love it!


    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  7. sparkey sparkey says:

    Be glad you were so blessed to get a chance to be there. Being disabled and and not being able to find full time work because colleges keep you as an adjunct now to save money, I couldn’t afford to go there. I’d gladly take a ticket if they would give them away or maybe sell them for five dollars or something? I think it’s pathetic that those seats aren’t sold cheaply and they’re left empty when you have true fans like myself who would love to see a game. I’ve been a few times but I’ve only seen some of the weaker games because those are the only ones I can get tickets to because they’re the only ones people are willing to give up and not go see them. If you can go to a game, then make sure you do so. I’d love that opportunity. It’s on my bucket list to see Georgia and Alabama at Auburn.

    I’ve not had that chance and I’m 32 years old now and I’ve been an Auburn fan that whole time. I have never completely missed an Auburn game my whole life. I’ve always at least heard them on the radio, watched them on TV and sometimes I’ve actually gotten to see them play. The best team that was a rival I’ve seen was against LSU because I worked at the concession stand to see the game. I worked the pregame, first half and half time so that I could watch the second half. That’s the only way I’ve ever seen anything better than Clemson last year. I got to go to Clemson after saving up what extra money I had during the summer. Anyway, sorry for the rant just make sure when you can go to a game folks that you do.

    • WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

      Sparkey, are you in a wheel chair? If so, will any ticket allow you access to the wheel chair area inside JHS, or do you need a special ticket designated for that area? How about for anyone attending with you? I’ve always wondered about what our policy was.

      • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

        Come on folks, let’s get Sparkey to the uga game this year! Sparkey! Sparkey! Sparkey!

      • War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

        You take a regular ticket to the window at the stadium and exchange it for a wheelchair spot. Doesn’t matter where the original seat is. You are allowed to take one able person with you (sits in a folding chair) and they have to have a ticket too. I did it for my dad a couple of times and it was easy. Not sure how many spots are available but I’ve never heard anyone being turned away. It was a very easy process! Of course, it wasn’t huge SEC game so not sure how easy it is for a rival game.

  8. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I get about two or three cracks at attending games a year. This year, it’s Ole Miss and FAU. I even like going to the cupcake games.

    ……Muggiest one I remember attending in recent years was the 2010 Auburn South Carolina game. Luckily, that thing kicked off just after dark.

  9. audude audude says:

    1st time my family saw a game at JHS. I told them that is regular heat and humidity for Auburn in August and they stopped complaining and enjoyed the whole experience. Many photos and memories were made. I think the biggest was the fact when the action started everyone around us was high fiving my children, 15, 13 & 11 years old. Blew my kids away!


  10. AUglenn says:

    Good read. It’s also great to be an Auburn Tiger!