Auburn University modifies game day plan for Iron Bowl week

AUBURN – With the Iron Bowl moving back to its traditional Thanksgiving week, Auburn University has modified its game day plan in the interest of campus security and safety. The university will close the core of campus – the area bounded by Samford Avenue, Wire Road, Magnolia Avenue, and College Street – from 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, through 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.

Auburn and Alabama will kick off at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 7 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, Nov. 24.

“We are excited about hosting the Iron Bowl in its return to Thanksgiving weekend,” said Melvin Owens, AU’s executive director of security and public safety. “However, given the fact that the university will be closed during the week, we feel that it is in our best interest to close off the core of campus in order to protect our buildings and other property.”

Other changes for Iron Bowl week include:

* No tailgate sites may be reserved in any manner until 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23. Individuals and groups will not be permitted to loiter or sit on campus to reserve a preferred site until this time. Tape, rope, chairs, small tents and any other site markings placed prior to Friday will be removed.
* RV early arrival time on campus will remain Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. Arrival will be regulated, and RV parking will be limited exclusively to the hayfields along South Donahue Drive and Woodfield Drive.
* The City of Auburn is offering free, paved parking for RVs arriving Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20. The parking lot, which will open at 8 a.m. and stay open through the week, is located at Duck Samford Park. The lot is accessed off Airport Road, just north of Glenn Avenue. There are no hookups or public restroom facilities available.

More information about game day at Auburn, including a campus map, can be found at