Lee County Auburn Club plans initiative to welcome fans from opposing teams

AUBURN – Members of Auburn University’s Lee County Auburn Club are hoping to further the university’s reputation for being a friendly campus by offering a program to illustrate the hospitable nature of the Auburn family.

The first element is a hospitality tent on home football Saturdays for visiting teams’ fans. The first-known of its kind, the tent will offer visiting teams’ fans a place to gather information and ask questions about Auburn’s campus and culture as well as the City of Auburn. Members of the Lee County Auburn Club will be on hand to welcome visitors and to hand out maps, brochures and water.

Thomas Maple, Lee County Auburn Club member and campaign chair for the hospitality campaign, said he got the idea for the tent after helping some Kansas State fans find their correct gate at Jordan-Hare Stadium last year prior to the Auburn vs. Kansas State football game.

“Auburn is already known as a friendly campus so we wanted to find a way to extend that hospitality and further the good reputation of the Auburn family,” he said. “We hope that the tent will also be beneficial in educating visitors who might not know much about Auburn. We’ll have information available to help them take a closer look at our campus and learn about our traditions.”

The tent will be located on the lawn of the Nichols Center on south Donahue Drive, close to the new location of the Auburn Alumni Association tent. It will open three hours before kick-off and will close 30 minutes prior to kick-off. It will not be open after the game.

In addition to the hospitality tent, members of the Lee County Auburn Club will be selling lapel pins for $5 throughout the football season. The orange-and-blue pins feature Aubie’s face with the phrase “Welcome to the Friendliest Village on the Plains.” “We want the pins to serve as a reminder to Tiger fans to be very hospitable to opposing teams’ fans,” Maple said. “Auburn has always had a reputation as a friendly campus, and we want to ensure that we maintain that attitude in athletic competition.”

The pins will be sold on gamedays outside Tiger Rags stores and at the Lee County Auburn Club’s hospitality tent. Proceeds from the sale of the pins will go to fund the program and to create scholarships for local graduates to attend Auburn University.

For additional information on the Lee County Auburn Club’s hospitality initiatives or to volunteer to help, contact Maple at 844-8393 or at maplets@auburn.edu. Those interested in the Club can e-mail its officers at lcacinfo@leecountyauburnclub.com or visit the club’s Web site at http://www.leecountyauburnclub.com.

(Contributed by Katie Wilder.)

Contact: Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu), or
Katie Wilder, (334) 844-9999 (wildeka@auburn.edu)

4 thoughts on “Lee County Auburn Club plans initiative to welcome fans from opposing teams

  1. Larry Cook

    This is a great idea! I will be looking for the tent so I can purchase my pins. Maybe AU clubs from other cities can volunteer to man the tent too!

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