Auburn prepares for the 2021 Iron Bowl: tailgating, watch parties and more

Auburn Stadium
Jordan-Hare Stadium. Photo via Maggie Dazzio for The Bama Buzz

The Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide go head-to-head on Saturday, November 27 at 2:30PM at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Widely known as the biggest rivalry in college football, the Iron Bowl creates undeniable energy in the state—here’s how the City of Auburn is prepping.

On-Campus

Auburn Beat Bama Food Drive
Signed Bo Jackson football. Photo via Beat Bama Food Drive Facebook

With the Auburn student section back to full capacity, on-campus activities leading up to the Iron Bowl are in full swing.

Auburn’s Beat Bama Food Drive won for the first time in five years, with the Tigers raising 352,388 pounds of food. Together, the schools raised 671,826 pounds of food for local food banks.

A group of student veterans will be making the 151-mile trek from Bryant-Denney Stadium all the way to Jordan-Hare for the 4th annual Operation Iron Ruck. From Wednesday, November 24 to Saturday, November 27, Auburn and Alabama’s Student Veterans Association will be marching side-by-side to raise veteran suicide awareness.

The ultimate tailgate guide

Auburn Tailgate
Tailgating on the green space. Photo via Tailgate Guys Facebook

Auburn takes tailgating to a whole new level. The Tailgate Guys have been the fans’ main source of tailgating since 2009. You can’t miss the sea of white tents overtaking campus on a game-day weekend.

Looking to pitch your own tent on campus during the event? Here are some hot spots we’ve discovered:

Auburn Alumni Center

Three hours before kickoff, the alumni association hosts a tent with food, TVs, special guests and more. All are free and open to the public.

The Hayfields

This open space has been a tailgate hot spot for years. Starting Friday at 2PM, The Hayfields open up for a fun experience

Parking Lots

Auburn offers multiple parking lots on and off campus to get your tailgate on. This map has all you need to know.

Community Events

Tiger Walk
Fans flooding to the Tiger Walk. Photo via Auburn Athletics

Come Home to the Corner

The Auburn Downtown Merchants Association is hosting its last Come Home to the Corner of the season, which features a night full of live music and extended shopping hours.

Football, Fans and Feathers: Featuring retired eagle, Spirit

To kick off Iron Bowl weekend, The Southeastern Raptor Center is hosting Football, Fans and Feathers where visitors can see birds of prey fly up close. Spirit, Auburn’s dutiful mascot, has been flying through the stadium before kickoff since 2002 and recently retired this season.

Tiger Walk

Each game-day, the Auburn Tigers make their way down Donahue Drive to Jordan-Hare Stadium while cheered on by thousands of fans, cheerleaders and the marching band. This is a must-see Auburn tradition.

Watch parties

Toomers Drugs
Cheers to the weekend! Photo via Toomer’s Drugs Facebook

The energy in Downtown Auburn on the big game weekend is no joke. We’ve discovered exciting spots to have a watch party—check them out below.

After experiencing all Auburn has to offer this Iron Bowl, hopefully you’ll end your weekend rolling Toomer’s Corner after a win.

The state is buzzing with excitement for this Iron Bowl weekend, stay tuned for what’s to come with @TheBamaBuzz!

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