Yahoo! has given Auburn’s whole give-the-people-what-they-want tailgating overhaul has a big thumbs up. The website today named Auburn University’s the number one college for tailgating, followed by USC, Bama, LSU, and Ole Miss. The more than 2,000 free parking and tailgate spots added for the 2013 football season is the big reason why.
Tailgating at Auburn just got a little easier, thanks to the university’s brand-new plan to open an extra 2,000 parking spots around campus just for game day. After all, this is one university that takes its tailgates very seriously; fans start lining up in their campers days before game day, decked out in their Tiger-inspired gear. What’s more, Auburn University cemented the school tradition of the pregame walk with the players to the stadium, called the Tiger Walk. And then you know, bring some extra rolls of toilet paper so you can TP the crap out of Toomer’s Corner should the Tigers win. Let’s just say, game day in Auburn is a spectacle unlike any other.
Yep: “TP the crap out of Toomer’s Corner.” All right.
In June, the Auburn Athletics Department squired media members around campus in Tiger Transit buses to show off the new areas available for tailgaters. In addition to the extra parking, several bathrooms have been added. Bollards and chains and other things are being removed. Walls are coming down.
After burgers and dogs, we interviewed Jay about his own tailgating habits back in the day. He was a library man, Mell Street. He joined the Boy Scouts as a kid so he could get in to the stadium for free and hunt for chinstraps after the game. Still has one of Gusty Yearout’s. But the camera died. No video.
We did manage to get some footage of him acting as tour guide at the beginning of the trip.
In 2011, Auburn tailgaters were profiled on the Travel Channel’s “Tailgate Paradise.”
Related: Auburn tailgaters turn casket into grill.
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