The Auburn campus will be much livelier this fall after Auburn Athletics announced last Friday full capacity for Jordan-Hare Stadium and the return of tailgating for the 2021 football season.

“There is nothing like a fall weekend in the Loveliest Village on the Plains,” said Athletic Director Allen Greene in a news release. “From the pregame pageantry and eagle flight, to the postgame celebration at Toomer’s Corner and all of the shared experiences with friends and family. We are so excited to welcome back the Auburn Family to Jordan-Hare Stadium this fall and reintroduce our fans to the best game day experience in the nation.”

The news comes as welcome relief for the city of Auburn’s hospitality, restaurant and retail sectors, which typically rely heavily on revenue generated during football season for the year’s expenses, but were hit hard in 2020 by restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“They understand the importance of football weekends to the viability and the health and welfare of our community,” Auburn Mayor Ron Anders said of Auburn University leadership in an April interview with The Villager. “It goes without saying, but those people  that are in leadership at Auburn University have a very clear understanding of what those football weekends mean to this city. 

“We would be severely hurt if we had a second football season without the fans coming to the ball games.”

While stadium capacity and tailgating are returning to normal, Auburn University will continue its use of digital ticketing for the 2021 season. 

Auburn also announced the themes for this season’s home games. Fans are asked to wear white for the season-opener against Akron on Sept. 4, navy for the Tigers’ Oct. 9 showdown with Georgia, and orange for the West Division matchup against Ole Miss on Oct. 30. The Sept. 11 contest between Auburn and Alabama State is the season’s Hometown Heroes Appreciation Game. The Tigers matchup against Mississippi State on Nov. 11 is the Military Appreciation Game. 

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