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Auburn Football Fan Guide to Season Opener vs. Mercer

Who’s Ready to Return to the Plains? Auburn football is back.

The Tigers open the 2022 season with three home games in the states, starting with Mercer this Saturday, before hosting San Jose State and Penn State in the following two weeks.

Bryan Harsin returns for his second season with Auburn trying to make waves in the SEC Western Division.

Here’s what you can expect this Saturday in Auburn.

THE GAME!

TIGERWAY: 4 p.m

GATE OPEN: 4 p.m

EAGLE FLIGHT: 5:40 p.m

KICKING OFF: 6 p.m

TV: SEC network

VENUE: Jordan Hare Stadium

TICKETS: Still available

After an eventful off-season, Bryan Harsin is entering his second season looking to improve on all fronts in 2022. He named TJ Finley as the starting quarterback, and having played significant snaps in 2021, the signal-caller has the experience to compete in the formidable SEC West.

TICKETS

Tickets are still available for the Mercer game. Learn more.

CASH FREE

All transactions for tickets, discounts and merchandising locations at Jordan Hare Stadium are cashless (credit cards only).

PARKING & TRANSPORT

Seasonal and single-game public parking permits are now on sale and can be purchased online You can contact the Bruno Events Team: [email protected] or (205) 262-2848. Additional single game parking passes are also now available through RevelXP.

Fans can park in two newly constructed lots in downtown Auburn, one on Wright Street and the other on Burton Street. Access to the properties is public and can be purchased in person on match days.

Added an exit to the public security car park. Those parking on the west side of the lot should exit toward Wire Road and follow law enforcement directions at intersections leading to Shug Jordan Parkway. Learn more about parking on the Auburn website.

Auburn shared the following updates for the 2022 season:

  • Duncan Drive – Extension: Duncan Drive was extended between Samford Avenue and Woodfield Drive. The expansion will provide an additional southbound service to S. College Street.
  • Donahue Drive – Northbound: Northbound traffic on Donahue Drive from Magnolia Avenue to MLK Drive (Alabama Highway 14) will be three-lane one-way. The change allows for more efficient exiting for Tiger Transit buses, as well as those parking in the business school and public safety lots.
  • Crosswalk Assistance – North and South Donahue: Attendants will be on site at Lem Morrison Drive and Donahue Drive, as well as Donahue Drive and Magnolia Avenue to assist fans on foot exiting traffic after the game.

At home games, Tiger Transit runs special routes. Buses will run four hours before kick-off, with breaks during the game, and two hours after the game to bring fans back to their stops. Due to pre- and post-game traffic, there may be delays arriving and returning to all locations.

Tiger Transit also uses Doublemap/Transfer technology to allow fans to see moving buses and real-time routes via web and smartphone. Learn more.

TAILGATING

The home plate tailgate is located in the parking lot at Plainsman Park. According to the Auburn Gameday website, the course is free and open to the public because it is close to Jordan-Hare Stadium. The site opens four hours before kickoff and has televisions for viewing live college football games and tailgate games. Once in the area, fans have access to restrooms and tents for shade. Food and beer are available for purchase.

The Tiger Tailgate Show will again depart from the east side of Jordan-Hare Stadium three hours before kick-off.

The Coke Fan Fest is a free pre-game entertainment area in front of the Nichols Center on Donahue Drive. It opens four hours before kick-off and includes inflatable games, a live DJ, TVs for viewing live college football games and more.

Tailgating begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, with the exception of the Mell Street Corridor, which begins at 6:00 p.m

Reserving grass tailgating spaces with stakes, rope, ribbon, duct tape, chairs, tables, tents, vehicles or other items is not permitted until 4:00 p.m. Friday except in the Mell Street Corridor and specially permitted campus events. Monitors will be placed in Mell Street areas to ensure lanes and entrances to designated parking lots remain clear.

TIGER FAN FEST

The Coca-Cola Tiger Fan Fest is Auburn’s free interactive pre-game entertainment area, located in front of the Nichols Center on Donahue Drive, just north of Auburn Arena and Jordan-Hare Stadium. Fan Fest offers fun for everyone in the family, from parents to young children. With inflatable games for the kids and a live DJ.

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11/27/2021; Auburn, AL, USA; Aubie reacts during the tiger walk between Auburn and Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Todd Van Emst/AU AthleticsTodd Van Emst/AU Athletics

TIGERWAY

The team’s pre-game walk into the stadium this fall will be slightly abbreviated and include an expanded player walkthrough area for health and safety protocol. Two hours before home games begin, the team will disembark buses at Heisman Drive between Beard Eaves Court and S. Donahue Drive and then proceed to the stadium, where players will enter through the Herbert Recruiting Center.

The Auburn Band will perform on the field both pre-game and at halftime. To avoid crowding in the team areas, the pregame show will come from the south endzone instead of the south center tunnel.

STADIUM ENTRY / METAL DETECTORS

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid delays. The gates and all stadium services open two hours before kick-off. The pre-game begins 20 minutes before kick-off. Walk-in metal detectors will be operational for the 2021 season. Units will be placed at gates 1 and 12, which will not require individuals to empty their bags to expedite entry into the stadium. These gates will be express lines for people without luggage. People with luggage must go to the next gate.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

The following items may not be brought into the stadium: artificial noise generators, cameras with lenses larger than four inches, opaque bags, al fresco food and drink, pets, stadium seats with armrests, umbrellas, video cameras and weapons (including pocket knives).

CLEAR BAG POLICY

The transparent bag policy also applies to the 2022 football season. Supporters are encouraged to bring as few items into the stadium as possible. Bags must be clear plastic and no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″. 1 gallon clear resealable plastic bags and small clutch purses no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″ may be permitted in the stadium. Read the full policy.

FREE WATER

It’s getting hot to start the season in Auburn. Free water refill stations are available throughout Jordan Hare Stadium. Fans are allowed to bring an empty water bottle for use at the complimentary water refill stations or an unopened, factory-sealed water bottle (up to 1 liter in size).

CONCESSIONS

All transactions for concessions, merchandise and chairback locations at Jordan Hare Stadium are cashless (credit cards only).

Fans can even skip the line and order digitally for pickup at their nearest booth by using their smartphone to select “CONCESSIONS” from the sidebar menu of the Auburn Athletics Official App. The special pickup window for Mobile Express orders will be available at the concession stands behind sections 3, 28, 58 and 106.

WEATHER

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a high of 88 and a 70 percent chance of rain, followed by mostly cloudy skies with an overnight low of about 71 and a 40 percent chance of rain.

Saturday: Sunny skies with a high near 85 and a 70 percent chance of rain after 1 p.m., followed by mostly cloudy skies with an overnight low around 71 and a 50 percent chance of rain.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy skies with a high near 84 and a 70 percent chance of rain, followed by cloudy skies with an overnight low around 71.

— The National Weather Service

Twitter

Stay connected before, during and after the game by following AL.com Tom Green, Nubyjas Wilborn, aldotcomTigers or aldotcomSports on twitter.

You can also follow live game day updates with Auburn’s new social media accounts, which will post information such as road closures, traffic delays, gate open reminders and more:

  • Twitter: @auburn_gameday
  • Instagram: @auburn_gameday
  • Facebook: Auburn Game Day
  • App Store: Search for Auburn Tigers

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IMPORTANT TIMES

FRIDAY, September 2nd

10 am

AU Team Shop Opens (Neville Arena)

11 clock

Friday Football Luncheon presented by CB&S Bank

East Coliseum Lot closed

14 o’clock

East Coliseum Lot opens

Hayfields at South Donahue and West Samford Avenue are open for RV parking

4 p.m

‘Come Home to the Corner’ 2022 Season Ribbon Cutting (Toomer’s Corner)

Campus open for tailgating (except Mell Street Corridor)

Football, Fans and Feathers (Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheatre)

Jordan-Hare Locker Room Tours, Free Admission (Harbert Family Recruiting Center South Entrance)

6 p.m

Mell Street Corridor opens up for tailgating

SATURDAY, September 3rd

8 o’clock

Parking lots open

AU Team Shop Opens (Neville Arena)

14 o’clock

Coca-Cola Tiger Fan Fest opens (Nichols Center Lawn)

Home Plate Tailgate presented by Bud Light (Plainsman Park parking lot, open to the public, free)

3 pm

Tiger Tailgate Show airs in front of Gate 7 (broadcast locally on 93.9 FM)

The Tiger Walk Club opens

3:30 p.m

Executive suites open

4 p.m

tiger walk

Jordan Hare Stadium gates open

The stadium box offices are open for ticket sales

4:40 p.m

Spirit March / Four Corners Pep Rally

5:40 p.m

The pre-game celebrations begin on the pitch

6:02 p.m

Kick off against Mercer

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