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To See Where You are Going You Have to Know Where You Have Been (Jordan-Hare Edition)

By on July 23rd, 2013 in Featured Article, Football 7 Comments »
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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”

7 Comments

  1. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    I do like what cosmetic things they have done but of course more can always be done. The most important change for me was the bathrooms! No more waiting! I can run in and run out pretty quickly so I don’t care about the TVs in the concourse because I’m not going to be there long enough to watch!
    But my biggest complaint over the years is that we can’t understand anything in the North End Zone. The sound systems sucks! They must check it during the off season when it’s quiet. When the crowd is there and noisy ~ forget understanding anything. Especially some of the videos………not complaining…….:) just will wait patiently for them to fix it!!

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……Amplified sound in a big venue has always been a challenge. Unless a horn is pointed right at you, it’s echoed mud. If You do happen to be right in front of one of those, it’s physically painful to a lot of folks’ ears, not to mention the hearing loss risk. Any sound that isn’t absorbed by the crowd bounces around inside a space big enough to produce long echoes and all sorts of comb effects. On a typical November football day in Auburn, with dry air, sound travels at 1126 feet per second.

    ……It’s around 250 feet from the scoreboard and speakers just to midfield. To the opposite end zone, it’s traveled 500 feet. Back to midfield and you’ve got nearly 3/4 of a second, and all sorts of truncated bounces mixed in. It’s going to sound like mud, unless the original signal is loud enough to drown out the echoes. To even approach that, you’ve got to get up to jet aircraft level sound.

    …..When the crowd starts yelling, that volume is significant, too. If you only do it once, you need to sit in the lower bowl for at least one Auburn home game against a big opponent. The presence is so big your hair will stand on end! I typically have a radio in the stadium, with a pair of in-ear buds. When an Auburn guy breaks loose towards the end zone, forget hearing Stan and Rod!

    • War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

      So are you saying it’s not surround sound? And I guess why not? Not my forte but I think we have enough engineering folks that it would be a challenge to? ;)

      Also I have always sat in the lower bowl and there are times when you can’t hear yourself think! OR even hear yourself scream!! Tried the upper one year and I’ll never do that again!! Might as well watch it on TV!! I was really just thinking about at the beginning of the game when videos are running…….of course at my age, I may just be getting hard of hearing!

      • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

        ……Surround sound just muddies things more, with different channels competing. Clarity in speaker design, and clean volume is about the best you can hope for in terms of making a stadium PA sound good. If you listen to the PA an hour or more before the game, you can hear it just fine. It’s the bodies and the crowd noise that it has to compete with that are the challenge.

        ……The solution is basically the same as always, turn that sucker UP!

  3. Older Whiskey says:

    One of the prettiest stadiums in the conference, and underrated in that regard. I can recall walking around construction zones when they were enlarging to 35,000.

    The first game, however, was against Florida, not Georgia Tech. The Jackets didn’t come to campus until 1970.