Auburn adjusts safety and parking policies for 2016 football season

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AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn University Athletic Department announced it will enact changes to accessible parking, Friday gameday parking and the Jordan-Hare Stadium bag policy. All will be in place for the 2016 football season.

Accessible Parking:

Season ticket holders with wheelchair tickets will be issued parking passes to the new Y lot, which is located in the old accessible lot on the corner of North Donahue Drive and War Eagle Way.

Accessible parking will now be located in the VCOM lot off South Donahue Drive. That lot will be for those displaying state-issued accessible passes. People can park there free of charge. There will also be accessible Tiger Transit buses that will take patrons to War Eagle Way. From there, they can take shuttles directly to Gates 2 & 12.

“Auburn Athletics is committed to doing all we can to help those with disabilities attend and enjoy Auburn athletic events. Moving the parking location to VCOM accomplishes two objectives toward that priority. First, it helps ensure that we have parking available for those who need it for mobility reasons. Second, it allows us to better provide transportation for those fans to and from Jordan-Hare Stadium,” Auburn Athletics said.

Clear Bag Policy:

“Auburn reviews its public safety and stadium security policies every year looking for ways to improve them. The University strongly believes that the clear bag policy will enhance public safety and make stadium access more efficient. This proactive measure will enhance safety inside and outside the stadium and speed the security screening process for our fans. The public deserves to be in a safe, secure environment. We constantly look for ways to enhance stadium safety, and clear bags are part of best practices endorsed by security experts,” Auburn Athletics said.

The new policy mirrors policies enacted by the NFL. Patrons will be allowed to enter with one 12″ x 12″ clear bag. They can also have wallets and small clutches, not exceeding 4.5″ x 6.5″.

Items that will not be permitted include camera cases, diaper bags, printed patterned plastic bags, purses, back packs, mesh bags, binocular cases, fanny packs or tote bags.

Mell Street Corridor:

With construction underway in the Mell Street corridor, the area will now open for parking on Fridays before home games at 6:00 p.m.

The University Athletic Department has this to say about this change:

The Mell Street portion of Auburn’s campus is in the heart of the academic space where fully functioning University business and classes take place until 5:00 p.m. Delaying access to this area until 6:00 p.m. will allow for a seamless transition and turnover between our academic staff and our fans. We thank you for your understanding in this regard.