Jay Jacobs recently announced the University will add more than 2,000 free parking and tailgating spots for football games in the upcoming season.
The change comes because of a survey in which Tiger fans said they wanted to enhance the football game day experience, according to AuburnTigers.com.
"Our fans have told us how important parking and tailgating are, and today we are taking a significant step to address it," said Athletics Director Jay Jacobs. "These changes are just the beginning, not the end, of what will be ongoing efforts to make the game day experience at Auburn the best it can be."
Scott Carr, senior associate athletics director for external affairs, said the University has done a thorough search of where to add the free parking and tailgating spots.
"A lot of our fans wanted the free parking and free tailgating, but there are some that want the paid, hassle-free parking and tailgating," Carr said. "They want to get their parking pass or tailgating spot in advance, knowing that they can show up on Saturday and go straight to their spot and it's guaranteed. We wanted to do what we could to meet the needs of both groups."
Indeed, the fans who want to pay for prime tailgating real estate will still be allowed to do so, but the free tailgating closer to campus should open up the floodgates for those who want to be tailgating kings.
There will be seven new areas to tailgate in, according to AuburnTigers.com, including the South Donahue Corridor, Weagle Woods, West Samford Avenue, the intramural fields, the facilities division area, CDV/Wire and Heisman, Tailgate at the Park, and the Tailgate Guys at Campus Green.
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