Today, Auburn University announced the time has finally come to roll The Oaks at Toomer’s Corner.
After the poisoned oaks were ceremonially removed on April 23, 2013, Auburn fans have made the most of the legendary corner, as any tree in the area receives a generous shower of white after each big win. Now, 10 years later, no substitutions are needed.
“We knew from the beginning it was a huge request to ask our fans to not roll the two new Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner,” said Justin Sutton, director of Facilities Management Landscape Services. “We knew this short-term request would reap long-term benefits in upholding one of the best collegiate athletic traditions of rolling Toomer’s Corner. The long-term establishment, overall health and projected long life of these trees was our goal from the beginning. With the help of the Auburn Family, we feel as if we’ve reached this milestone.”
In 2017, two live oak trees were planted to replace the original Auburn Oaks, but the University had asked fans in previous years to treat the trees with care and not roll them in past football seasons. While statements from the university in the past have reported the oaks showing “strong root establishment and shoot growth,” a green flag for rolling the trees had not been given until today.
"The rolling of Toomer’s Corner is one of the nation’s top sports traditions,” Auburn University President Christopher B. Roberts said. “Our fans have come together for decades on the corner of Magnolia and College to celebrate our big wins. In recent years, we continued our cherished tradition by rolling different trees, but I am very excited that the Auburn family will once again be able to roll our most prominent trees.”
As excitement surrounding Auburn football this season continues to increase, fans now have another highlight to look forward to.
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