To See Where You are Going You Have to Know Where You Have Been (Jordan-Hare Edition)
A lot of college football stadiums in the country have gone through or are going through major expansions. Some of those expansions, while adding more seats, end up looking like you built them with Legos or a submarine with a screen door. Things just don’t look right. Jordan-Hare stadium is not one of those. It has gone through several expansions but remains as iconic looking as any venue in the U.S.
Auburn played its first game in the then Auburn Stadium on Nov. 30, 1939. The game against Ga. Tech ended in a 7-7 tie. It had seats for 7500 fans and was what is now the bottom part of the lower stands West side.
In 1949 the stadium was renamed Cliff Hare Stadium and expanded to 21,500 seats. During Shug Jordans tenure as head coach the stadium was enlarged 3 times and added 40,000 more seats to complete the lower bowl. It was renamed Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1973 making it the first stadium in the country to be named for an active coach.
The Upper Decks were added in 1980 and 1987 and became the largest in the state until Bryant-Denny Stadium surpassed it after its latest expansion.
There has been a lot of talk lately about when it will be expanded again. In my humble opinion I would like it to stay just the way it is for a while longer. Don’t expand for ego purposes, use good business sense. I would not expand my business just because Bubba down the street built a bigger one.
Jordan-Hare has the richest traditions in college football. Where else can you find an eagle flying over the field before each game or over 20,000 fans line up to greet the team on the way into the stadium. No where!
The Auburn Tigers win over 80% of their games at home and Sporting News columnist Matt Hayes rated Jordan-Hare the 8th most intimidating stadium in the country. I have been there many times and I can attest to the fact that it can get loud and intimidating. On the flip side of that, outside the stadium you won’t find friendlier fans anywhere. Outside we are fine, inside we grow claws.
My favorite T-Shirt of all time says: Auburn Gameday, spending the afternoon with 87,451 of your closest friends. No truer words have been spoken.
Stop me if you have heard this one
Did you hear about the Bammers found frozen at the Drive In theater?
They went to see “Closed for Winter”