It’s Sept. 8, and Auburn is louder than usual today. Half an hour before the game starts sounds reasonable, so you get dressed in your Auburn gear and step out toward Jordan-Hare.
The streets are blocked off, tents are set up and everyone is smiling.
There are a lot more people than you thought there would be, and everything is chaotic.
You’re not sure which entrance to go into but manage to find some students and stand in line.
You feel so unprepared and wish that you could start the day over.
The football season starts less than a month after move-in day, and while you are still trying to settle into campus life, the thought of how to spend your game day may never cross your mind.
Auburn game days will be one of the most memorable experiences during your time at Auburn, and you should do everything in your power to make it the best that it can be. Here’s some advice on how to survive
It’s Sept. 8, the first home game against Alabama State.
Before the game
This is the hardest part. Take it step by step and have a plan.
Trust me, you’re not going to just wing your first game day. Know when the game starts, and plan to be there early to stand in line or meet friends. Some games have color themes, so make sure you dress in the appropriate Auburn gear.
This is essentially your ticket for all sporting events at Auburn, and without it, you will not be allowed into the game. Make sure that you stop by Auburn Arena with your student I.D. and get one a few weeks before the game.
The student gates are 5,6 and 7. The gates open approximately two hours before kick-off, and it’s best to get there at least an hour before. Jordan-Hare has a clear bag policy, and you should check out all the other rules on Auburn’s website.
Tailgate or hangout
After you understand exactly what to do in order to get into Jordan-Hare, feel free to go and meet up with your friends. Some games are at night, which means you have the whole day to tailgate or hang out.
During the game
You’re in. Now just find your seat and wait for the game to start.
The student section is toward the left when you enter the gates. To give you a general picture, it covers a large part of the seating by the southern end zone, under the video board, to the 40-yard line on the East side of the stadium. Make sure to look this up as well, or follow those in front of you.
Once you are seated, grab a shaker. Auburn, like many schools, has chants and songs that are constantly playing with the help of the cheerleaders and band. Hopefully, you learn them at Camp War Eagle, but if not, you will eventually get the hang of it.
Watch out for random dancing, swag surfs and any other surprises Jordan-Hare brings.
From player introductions to the last second, Jordan-Hare is as energetic as it gets. Don’t be afraid to cheer and scream every play. Auburn has a reputation for being one of the best student sections — make sure that you are contributing.
After the game
Auburn football was undefeated at home last year, so hopefully, your adrenaline is pumping after a great performance by our team.
Your day is still not over because now it’s time to roll Toomer’s.
Everyone has heard about it. It’s just been named the best sports tradition in America. Whether you’re taking toilet paper or not, go and experience it. There’s nothing else like it.
Auburn home game days are what you make of them. There are only six of them in a year — soak it all in.
See you at Jordan-Hare.