Auburn University is hosting a new tailgate this year at the parking lot of Plainsman Park, located on the corner of South Donahue and Heisman drives.
The tailgate, called Home Plate Tailgate, will be open to the general public for every home game and will tout alcohol and food for purchase as well as TVs to allow fans to monitor other games and live music. Admission to the tailgate is $5.
This new outdoor area will be one of the few instances when fans can buy alcohol on campus. Other times alcohol is sold on campus are in premium seating areas in Jordan-Hare Stadium and the Auburn Arena.
"It's a dry campus, and then you have game day," said Anna Thompson, director of special events for Auburn Athletics.
The Auburn City Council approved special events alcohol licenses for the Home Plate Tailgate for October and November at its meeting this week. Although any alcohol licenses for on-campus events are issued by the state, it won't do so without the city's approval.
The licenses were submitted by B and B Bartending, a local company who will sell the alcohol at the "outdoor club," which Thompson said is what some are calling the tailgate. Thompson said that beverage options will change each week.
"Auburn University is not selling alcohol. We've partnered with a company to provide the sales. It's an enhancement that we're offering," Thompson said. "The selections will vary from week to week."
She continued, saying the reason for providing the tailgate area is to give Auburn fans who don't have a spot set up before the games somewhere to go.
"The vision behind this is to have a place for the general public to come gather," she said. "You're right here at Tiger Walk, and that's when we saw a big attendance (last week). You get the momentum of the crowd ... It's just a casual, easy-flowing area."