Auburn’s offensive fireworks may decrease (slightly) this year, but the actual fireworks display in Jordan-Hare Stadium is only getting bigger.
The Auburn Athletics Department is reportedly in talks with Birmingham-based H&H Gameday Pyro about expanding the use of pyrotechnics on gamedays. The company has been providing fireworks for Auburn football games since 2006. “One of the first games we did was the Tre Smith flip Florida game,” said H&H partner and Auburn alum Ronnie Hardy. “I was up in the scoreboard for that one. I thought it was going to fall down.”
Last season, the company only shot fireworks for the Clemson and South Carolina games, both played ay night.
“This year, they want to do every game and make it a little bit bigger,” Hardy said.
For each home game, the team will run onto the field through sparks shot from fireworks fountains placed not on the ground as in years past but atop 6-8 foot poles. Fireworks will also be set off after Auburn touchdowns.
“They want to do four to six shots after touchdowns and this year they want to shoot them off the scoreboard,” Hardy said. The fireworks will be placed inside small cages on top of Jordan-Hare’s HD video screen. “Then they want to do four to six orange and blue shots when we’re winning and time expires.”
Despite Tommy Tuberville once joking to media about being burned by the pre-game sparks display, Hardy insists the production is “extremely safe.” Though not entirely lucrative.
“What with the cost of insurance and transportation and purchasing the fireworks, you don’t make a ton of money,” he said. “But you do get to see a ton of great football.”
Photo by Ronnie Hardy.
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