Auburn practice in JHS

Auburn fans will get a chance to see the new-look Tigers take the field on Saturday during the first A-Day game of the Bryan Harsin era. 

The A-Day game will kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium, with capacity reduced to 40 percent. Tickets are $10 and available in groups of two or four socially-distanced pods. All tickets will be digital.

Fans will be required to wear face coverings when entering and exiting the stadium and in public spaces, and are encouraged to wear them when seated. 

Tailgating or RVs will not be allowed on campus, although there are a few opportunities for fans to experience somewhat normal pregame activities, including two "Wing Fling" exhibits at the Southeastern Raptor Center at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. The Raptor Center is located at 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive. 

The University will also hold two "Spring Cleaning" sales at Auburn Arena, with items up to 60 percent off. The sales will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The gates to Jordan-Hare Stadium will open at 11 a.m., with the clear bag policy in effect.

Harsin, who was hired in December away from Boise State to lead the Auburn program, has opened practice to fans already this spring. Last Saturday's scrimmage was supposed to be open to fans but had to be moved indoors due to weather. 

Saturday's A-Day game gives fans one more chance to see their Tigers before the offseason begins.

"I want them to have a great environment," said Harsin of his players. "I want to see the fans; I want to see that stadium with as many people as we can pack in there with our guys just feeling the energy of playing in front of a crowd. That is one of the reasons why you come here to Auburn to have that opportunity."

Rarely did fans get to see the first team offense and defense square off against each other during the Gus Malzahn era. Harsin indicated that might change during portions of the scrimmage on Saturday, although the format hasn't been announced. 

"We will have some ones and twos against each other," Harsin said. "We will decide our scoring format. I have done it several different ways."

Auburn fans can expect to see the return of the power-run game, with the quarterback under center, as well as some spread and hurry-up elements.

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