After watching the Auburn Tigers take down a top 10 team in the season-opener in Mercedes Benz Stadium last Saturday, fans will pour into town for the first home game ready to claim a second win.
But before the gates of Jordan-Hare Stadium open for the Auburn vs. Alabama State game, residents and visitors alike will have ample opportunities to express their fandom. Auburn University and the city will be hosting events throughout the weekend to keep the Tiger energy flowing.
Auburn Family Speaker Series. Auburn University will kick off its Auburn Family Friday Speaker Series this weekend. This series is for fans wanting to learn more about Auburn people and programs.
At 3 p.m. on Friday, Wanona Satcher, Auburn grad and CEO and founder of ReJuve Corp. and Makhers Studio LLC. will present on the topic of "Designing Forward." Satcher's talk will take place at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.All other talks in the series will take place in the Auburn Alumni Center located at 317 S. College St.
Football, Fans and Feathers. Fans can kick things off with the Southeastern Raptor Center, which trains and cares for the eagles that have famously circled Jordan-Hare during pre-game festivities. Each home game weekend, the center will host a Football, Fans and Feathers show, giving Tiger fans a chance to learn about the conservation and rehabilitation of injured birds of prey and see them in flight.
The program begins at 4 p.m. and lasts about an hour. Tickets are $5 per person — children 3 and younger are admitted free — and the show takes place at the Raptor Center's 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheather, located at 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive off Shug Jordan Parkway. Refreshments will be sold.
Hawks, falcons, eagles and other birds soar from towers and around the amphitheater during this program, allowing visitors to see them up close.
Andrew Hopkins, raptor specialist, said that while reservations are not required, seating is limited.
"Everyone’s favorite part of the presentation is at the end when we bring out several of the raptors and allow attendees to come down for an up-close look and to talk with our trainers," Hopkins said. "We encourage people to purchase tickets in advance and to arrive early, because our amphitheater has limited seating."
Locker Room and Campus Tours. The public will be invited to experience the pre-game locker room setup for the Auburn football team on Fridays prior to each home game from 4 to 6 p.m. Those interested in seeing the locker rooms, which were recently expanded to 16,000 square feet and feature upgraded training rooms, can do so by entering Jordan-Hare Stadium at Gate 10, through the Jane and Mike McCartney Brick Plaza.
Auburn players were recently given a tour of the new rooms, and of the new recruiting lounge and other stadium renovations, and head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters the team was "on cloud nine," upon seeing the changes.
"Our locker room is completely different than it was. It is bigger; it is more open," Malzahn said. "Of course, our recruiting area is really state-of-the-art. it has all of the bells and whistles. It is really impressive."
Locker room tours are free and open to the public.
Those wishing to learn more about Auburn's campus may do so at 4 p.m. when the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen lead a special tour of campus. The tour begins at the Auburn Alumni Center and is free and open to the public.
Tailgating. For those who wish to throw their own party and tailgate before the game, Auburn's campus will open for tailgating after 4 p.m. on Fridays. Reserving tailgating spots in grass areas is allowed after 4 p.m.
Come Home to the Corner. The Downtown Merchants Association is encouraging fans, alumni and residents to come together in the heart of Auburn for Come Home to the Corner — an event that creates an atmosphere for reunion and community.
Live music will begin at 6 p.m. near Toomer's Drugs as Kenny on the Keys plays your favorite tunes. For this event, the entertainment district will be in effect, allowing adults to enjoy their alcoholic beverages outside, as they walk around downtown.
Streets will not be closed for this event.
Tiger Walk. A fan favorite, the Tiger Walk — which began in the 1960s when groups would walk up the street to greet the Tigers and ask for autographs, according to Auburn University's website — will occur every home game two hours prior to kickoff.
In this event, the Auburn team will walk from the Athletics Complex down Donahue Drive to Jordan-Hare Stadium as thousands of fans line the streets to cheer them on.
Autograph Tent. Also two hours before kickoff, former Auburn football lettermen will make an appearance at the Autograph Tent to sign memorabilia and chat with fans. The tent will be located beside the Red Diamond Tailgate Show on the east side of the stadium, adjacent to the stadium parking deck.
Pre-game Eagle Flight. To witness one of Auburn's most beloved traditions, fans will want to get to their seats in Jordan-Hare no later than 30 minutes prior to kickoff. During pre-game festivities, one of Auburn's eagles — which are trained and rehabilitated by the Southeastern Raptor Center — will be released to circle the stadium, rallying the fans to a loud "War Eagle!"
The Auburn Marching Band will also take the field during these festivities, leading the crowd in the Alma Mater and the National Anthem.
The Auburn vs. Alabama State matchup will kick off at 6:30 p.m.
Celebration at Toomers' Corner. Whether the Tigers play at home or away, Auburn fans traditionally gather at Toomer's Corner after a win. This season, Auburn University has asked fans to resist rolling the Toomer's oaks. They were planted in 2017 and have not yet fully established.