AUBURN, Ala. (WHNT) – Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs announced on Friday that in order to provide the best game day experience for fans, big changes to parking and tailgating are coming.
Auburn’s new parking and tailgating plan will create 2,000 new parking spots and more tailgating space for the 2013 football season.
Fans will have several options ranging from free parking and tailgating in new or expanded locations, to all-inclusive packages available for a fee. In a survey, a number of fans indicated that they wanted prepaid parking or tailgating packages in order to have guaranteed space on game day.
According to a release issued by Jacobs, the following changes will take place:
South Donahue Corridor
Over the past few years, parking and tailgating on South Donahue Drive between South College and Samford Avenue has been limited to protect the pedestrian path and to ensure efficient traffic flow. We have worked with the university administration to adjust the plan for that area so it still accomplishes those goals while also opening up more free parking.
The temporary green stakes that line both sides of South Donahue during the fall will be moved or eliminated. The stakes on the western side of the street will be removed to allow fans to park on the grass above the curb. The stakes on the eastern side of the street will remain but will be pushed farther away from the curb to protect the pedestrian path while also creating ample space for additional parking. (Available at 4 p.m. on Friday).
A new lot previously not available to fans will also be opened on the north end of the Donahue Drive hay fields, adjacent to Lem Morrison Drive. Additional parking will also be opened up on Lem Morrison near its intersection with Duncan Drive as a construction laydown area is converted to parking and tailgating space.
Thanks to the cooperation of Dean James P. Shepard and the School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, a new free tailgating area will be opened up behind the Forestry & Wildlife building at the corner of South Donahue and Lem Morrison Drive.
The School of Forestry has partially cleared a wooded area there for a longleaf pine tree reforestation project. “Weagle Woods” will offer tailgaters a prime location among the pine trees just a short walk from Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Available at 4 p.m. Friday.)
West Samford Avenue
A small area of green space on West Samford Avenue near the intersection of Duncan Drive will also be opened up for free parking and tailgating. Permanent pipe and chain barriers along that portion of West Samford will be removed. (Available at 4 p.m. Friday).
Additional parking will also be available immediately south of the Old Track on West Samford Avenue, where temporary stakes put in place for the fall in recent years will be removed. (Available at 4 p.m. Friday).
A limited number of free parking spots not previously available to fans will be available in the Intramural Field house parking lot on Biggio Drive.
Thanks to the cooperation of the Division of Student Affairs, approximately 70 new tailgating spots will also be offered on the perimeter of the Intramural Fields. The reserved spots will be offered free of charge. We will provide more information about reserving these spots in early August.
As has been the case in past years, the area around the Intramural Fields is an RV-free zone.
Facilities Division Area
Additional free parking will be available at the Facilities Division off of West Samford Avenue. Fans can “quick park” their vehicles there, and shuttle service will be available to and from the stadium. A tailgate drop-off area will also be added at the Facilities Division, giving fans a place to drop off their tailgating supplies.
More free parking and tailgating space farther out West Samford Avenue will also allow fans to park and tailgate in that area. Additional free RV spots will be available on the south side of Samford Avenue where RVs have traditionally parked. (Available at 4 p.m. Friday)
CDV/Wire and Heisman
Portions of the permanent pipe and chain barriers along Wire Road in front of the Carol Draughon Village (CDV) complex will be removed prior to football season, opening up the area for free parking and tailgating. Vehicles will be allowed to pull up on the grass and fans can tailgate there free of charge. (Available at 4 p.m. Friday).
As you can see, the vast majority of new spaces we have opened up are available free of charge. There are also a number of paid options for fans seeking guaranteed gameday spots and other amenities, from tents and tables to televisions at their tailgates.
The Tailgate Guys
The Tailgate Guys continues to offer hassle-free tailgating in a prime location on the eastern side of Jordan-Hare Stadium. Their model developed at Auburn has been so successful the company has expanded to Texas A&M, the University of Florida and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.
The Tailgate Guys concept has worked at Auburn because their team excels at customer service and precise attention to detail.
You can read about the different packages offered by The Tailgate Guys, which range from basic tent, tables and chair options to deluxe packages with satellite TVs and catered food, at tailgateguysau.com.
Tailgate at The Park
Thanks to the efforts of Dean Bill Bachelor, the College of Agriculture has increased and enhanced parking and tailgating packages it offers at Ag Heritage Park. It is located at the intersection of Donahue Drive and Samford Avenue.
The “Tailgate at The Park” packages at Ag Heritage Park also offer a variety of paid options. The packages range from parking only to regular, deluxe and ultimate tailgates. Like The Tailgate Guys’ service, fans seeking hassle-free tailgating can purchase packages featuring parking, tents, tables and power.
RV parking is still available at Ag Heritage Park, and special event packages will be made available for the first time at the park’s vintage facilities.
Any Auburn fans, not just College of Ag alumni, can purchase the wide range of tailgating and parking options offered at picturesque Ag Heritage Park. Visit their website at ag.auburn.edu/tailgate or email TAP@auburn.edu for more information.
Reserved parking lots
Over the past several years, paid parking lots have been popular with fans wanting guaranteed parking spots the day of the game. AAA Parking manages several lots around campus. Fans can reserve parking spots beginning today at parkwhiz.com (Go to the site and enter Jordan-Hare Stadium).
NorthPark, a privately owned parking deck in a convenient location not far from Jordan-Hare Stadium, is also a good game day option. NorthPark parking passes are available at parkwhiz.com.