Auburn men's basketball team

The Auburn men's basketball team celebrates its Final Four appearance last Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium

Auburn fans will get a chance to meet their favorite players when the Auburn University men's and women's basketball teams gather downtown for the first Tipoff at Toomer's event, taking place in two weeks.

Tipoff at Toomer's will feature a basketball court set up at the city's iconic intersection, three-point and slam dunk contests and autograph sessions with players from both the men's and women's teams.

"I’ve got a very important announcement to make about Auburn basketball — we’re back!" said Auburn coach Bruce Pearl in a video message broadcast on the video board during the football team's game against Mississippi State last weekend. "Tipoff at Toomer’s, I can’t think of a better place to celebrate last year’s run to the Final Four than the historic Toomer’s. In fact, I bet you there’s still toilet paper down there from our big wins over Texas A&M and Oregon."

The basketball team tried to host Tipoff at Toomer's last fall, but it was canceled due to the impacts of Hurricane Michael. 

"We’d love the entire Auburn student body to come on out," said Pearl. 

The entertainment district event is free and open to the public. The event is first-come, first-serve and standing room only.

Becky Richardson, director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the city of Auburn, which has partnered with the university for the event, encouraged those wishing to attend to arrive in downtown early to get a good view. 

"Auburn people always love to come to Toomer’s Corner. I really think it’ll be a lot of fun," she said. "I think it will be something people can bring their families to and maybe spend the evening. We’re looking forward to it."

Street closures to install the basketball court at Toomer's Corner will begin at 4 a.m. on Oct. 17. The following streets will be closed: West Magnolia Avenue at Wright Street; South College Street at Thach Avenue; East Magnolia Avenue at Gay Street; and North College Street at Tichenor Avenue.

The festivities will tip off at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 when the entertainment district and Samford Lawn Fan Fest begin. At 6 p.m., Tiger Talk will be broadcast live from the court, and the Jungle pit area will open for fans. 

The main event will start at 7 p.m. and feature introductions, a celebration of last year's Final Four run by the men's basketball team, a three-point contest, three-on-three challenge and a dunk contest. 

Autograph sessions for the teams will run from 8 to 9 p.m., with the entertainment district ending at 10 p.m.

Parking will be availabe at the RBD Library,  Comer lot, South College (Hotel) Parking Deck on levels 2 and 3, the Cambridge lot, Tigers Rags lot and the lots behind OD Smith and Ingram Hall, as well as city public parking. Tipoff at Toomer's shirts will also be on sale.

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