The Hotel at Auburn University to kick off football home opener with two 11-week-old tiger cubs

Tiger CubAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University football fans can meet, play with and take photos of real tiger cubs Friday, Sept. 14, at The Hotel at Auburn University. From 3-6 p.m., Auburn supporters can play and pose with Fatima and Ceylon, two 11-week-old tiger cubs from the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

Although there is no cost to see the tigers, guests are asked to give a donation in order to hold the tiny tigers and have pictures taken with them. Photo opportunities will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so Tiger fans are encouraged to arrive early. All money raised during the event will benefit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

“We are so excited to be able to bring the tiger cubs to the hotel and to allow Auburn fans to have up close encounters with them,” said Hans van der Reijden, managing director of The Hotel at Auburn University. “Not only is this a unique opportunity for Tiger fans to see these animals in person, it also serves as a fundraiser to assist with the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo’s expansion efforts, which will result in a completely green facility.”

The tiger cub viewing area will be set up in the lobby by the main doors to the hotel. Although the hotel will have a photographer on site to take pictures, attendees may take their own. Photos will be posted online so they can be downloaded and printed.

For additional information and to view some of the images, go to the hotel’s Facebook page at For more information about the Tiger Cub Kick Off event, call (334) 821-8200.

Contact: Hans van der Reijden, Hotel at Auburn University, (334) 821-8200 (, or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (


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