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Jordan-Hare Stadium

Auburn, AL

Home of the Auburn Tigers

4.4

4.1

Jordan-Hare Stadium (map it)
251 S Donahue Dr
Auburn, AL 36849


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Year Opened: 1939

Capacity: 87,451

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Not Plain on the Plains

Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium is home to the Auburn Tigers football team, which plays in the Southeastern Football Conference. It’s been home to the Tigers since 1939, and at that time, the stadium’s capacity was 15,000. Jordan-Hare has gone through its share of renovations over the years, and the stadium now holds 87,451 fans.

The stadium is named after Ralph “Shug” Jordan (Auburn’s all-time winningest coach) and Cliff Hare (a member of the 1892 team). As for the field, it’s named after Pat Dye, who was a former coach for the Tigers.

The majority of college football stadiums across the South have a great atmosphere that makes going to games very enjoyable. Jordan-Hare Stadium is a great example of a great stadium in the South, as it has everything you need to make the experience one to remember.

4.4

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

The food selection at Jordan-Hare Stadium is not disappointing. It has a good variety of food at a reasonable price.

There are the basic concession foods, such as hot dogs, popcorn, candy and peanuts, and those items don't cost more than $4. However, there are also barbecue sandwiches and Domino's pizza that cost seven and eight dollars, respectively.

What makes things unique is the number of different concessions stands that sell different food, such as Dreamland Barbecue and Habaneros. There's also Chick-fil-A, which is a favorite place in the South.

Because alcohol products can't be sold on campus, the only drink options are Coke products and water. Depending on what you get, it can cost as much as $6.

The best place to eat is Chick-fil-A. Nothing too fancy, but it always hits the spot.

Atmosphere    5

If you are a fan of college football, then you will love the atmosphere that Jordan-Hare Stadium brings to the table.

When it comes to seating, there is really not a bad place to sit. Because it's laid out like a bowl, you can sit anywhere at Jordan-Hare and be able to see everything. The only thing with that is if you are sitting in the upper deck, be prepared for a long walk uphill to get there.

The pregame entertainment is strong, as the cheerleaders get the fans ready for the "War Eagle" chant and the band does a good job engaging the fan base, especially with the halftime show. But the biggest thing that sold me was the scoreboard. It takes up nearly half of the stadium, and it shows everything just in case you miss some action on the field.

Another thing to note about the seating: if you sit high enough, you can see the skyline of Auburn University, which is a very cool thing to see.

Neighborhood    4

Auburn is one of the best small towns in the country because it has a great college atmosphere. There are plenty of things to see and do before and after the game.

If there is only one place to go, it would have to be Toomer's Corner. It's a drug store, but it's known for its lemonade, which is considered one of the best in the country. Cheeburger Cheeburger and Barbecue House are two very good places to eat. Cheeburger Cheeburger is nice because you can create your own burger and shakes.

If you are looking for a place to stay, the Holiday Inn Express and the Hotel at Auburn University are the two best bets.

The only problem with Auburn is that there are no big attractions to see. But that is not a big deal, considering there are plenty of places to eat, drink and see in the area.

Fans    5

The fans that attend Jordan-Hare Stadium are as good of fans you will find in the region.

They always come out to support the Tigers, even when the team struggles. So there are at least 80,000 fans, whether the team plays a conference opponent like Georgia, or a smaller college team like Jacksonville State. The reason for that is when it comes to sports in Alabama, there are no professional teams, so people that live in the state have to choose between Auburn and Alabama.

The fans aren't overly loud, but it can get pretty loud especially if the team is winning. And when the fans do the "War Eagle" chant, it's quite a sight.

Access    4

Jordan-Hare Stadium is located right off I-85, right in between Montgomery, AL and Atlanta, GA. It's very easy to get to the campus because the signs on the interstate and in the city will point you in the right direction.

As far as getting to the stadium, it can be a walk, because the parking lots and decks are not relatively close to the stadium. The price to park is going to be at least $25 for lots that are not reserved. Parkwhiz.com is a great option to order parking instead of paying on game day, because it makes things easier.

There are plenty of gates to enter into the stadium, and the security check is very quick and precise. The concourse is big, so there is not a traffic jam getting to your seat and leaving the game.

Return on Investment    4

When it comes to buying a ticket at for an Auburn game, it's not going to be cheap, especially for a conference game. But for a non-conference game, the price of tickets can be as cheap as $45. No matter what you pay, you will get a great college football experience that features some of the best athletes in the country.

With that, along with the price of parking and the price of food, you will get more than your money's worth each time you go to a game on the Plains.

Extras    5

One point goes to the scoreboard. It's the biggest one I have seen on the college or professional level.

Check out the statues in front of the stadium. It's almost hard to believe Cam Newton has his own statue, but then again, every Heisman winner from Auburn is remembered with a statue because of what they did during their time with the program.

The landscape is gorgeous. It's cool to see the campus when sitting at the top of the stadium.

Enjoy the tailgating in front of the stadium. There are a number of tents and food for fans to get ready for a great Saturday.

One final point goes to the fun zone located next to the stadium. It's a great place for kids to play games, and fans can listen to the pregame show via the Auburn Radio Network.

Final Thoughts

Jordan-Hare Stadium is one of the best places to watch a college football game in the country. The stadium is big, the fans are enthusiastic and there's plenty of food to enjoy. If you're a fan of college football, then you need to make the trip to the Plains in the near future.

I\'ve attend Alabama - Auburn games there dressed all out in Bama stuff, and for the most part, the

I've attend Alabama - Auburn games there dressed all out in Bama stuff, and for the most part, the fans were very nice. Only the younger ones barked some, but then the last time I was there was the famous, Honk if you sacked Brodie game...

I thought the fans in the stadium were FANTASTIC good sports and I had them in stitches as I was the only Bama fan dressed out like I was, in the front row of the upper deck, and after Auburn yet clobbered us again and turned around and yelled to them all, "Oh yeah!? Well our cheerleaders are prettier!" and got howls and a free drink out of it from the good natured fans.

Great write up. I enjoy all of these.

Larry Burton

by beachfinder | Sep 30, 2010 08:23 AM

Larry, Funny story! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment...

Larry, Funny story!

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment...

by Franklin | Oct 04, 2010 04:13 AM

This review is one of the reasons I absolutely love being and Auburn fan. I currently attend and lov

This review is one of the reasons I absolutely love being and Auburn fan. I currently attend and love everyday of it. I believe Auburn is the greatest place on the planet. But, of course, I'm biased one way on the subject.

One thing I would like to correct is the restaurant Cheeseburger Cheeseburger is actually Cheeburger Cheeburger.

Thanks for the review! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

by bigvariable | Oct 15, 2010 02:13 AM

You should be very proud of Auburn and Jordan Hare, I know we really enjoyed our time in Auburn and

You should be very proud of Auburn and Jordan Hare, I know we really enjoyed our time in Auburn and we are looking forward to returning someday...

Cheeburger, cheeburger? I stand corrected. LOL!

Thanks for you comment...

by Franklin | Nov 04, 2010 08:19 AM

Great review!

Really makes me want to make the trip!

by paul | Nov 14, 2011 07:04 PM

RE: Great review!

There is none finer when it comes to fan atmosphere!

by Franklin | Nov 29, 2011 06:45 PM

Wrong orange totally cool

I wore orange from the wrong team last time I went, and no one gave me any flak. In fact, I am not sure anyone noticed. Probably b/c it was at least the right color (and it wasn't from their opponent either, it was from a totally different conference in fact).

by Aaron S. Terry | Jul 31, 2015 02:53 AM

Pre-Game War Eagle Flight

Great review of the AU football stadium experience, but you missed a very big feature of every game, the pre-game flight of the eagle. If you missed it yourself, you missed something very special and unique in college football fandom. This uniquely Auburn tradition should have scored an additional bonus point in the review.

War Eagle!

http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/082913aac.html

by Slinger | Jan 09, 2016 03:05 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium and the Loveliest Village on the Plains

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Jordan-Hare Stadium was built in 1939 and is located on the campus of Auburn University, which is located in the town of Auburn, AL.

Auburn is located some 50 miles northeast of Montgomery, AL and approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GAâ?? just off of I-85.

Jordan-Hare (pronounced /Je'r-de'n/-Hare by the locals) carries the names of Ralph "Shug" Jordan, who is Auburn's winningest football coach and Cliff Hare, who was a member of Auburn's first football team. Cliff Hare went on to become the Dean of the Auburn University School of Chemistry as well as President of the Southern Conference.

How would I describe Auburn University? We have all heard the term "small college town;" well, Auburn University would be a "small town college."

What do I mean when I describe Auburn University in this way? The town of Auburn is all about the college and in turn, Auburn University is all about the small town of Auburn.

They call Auburn "The Loveliest Village on the Plains" and that certainly is true. The town of Auburn could be described as Mayberry on steroids, and I mean that in the most complimentary way. Auburn University dominates the town of Auburn, both geographically and ideologically.

The town of Auburn has a population of just over 50,000 and I would wager that 90% of that population is connected to Auburn University in some form or fashion.

I tried to think of another situation where a town and the university carry the same name and are so intertwined with each other. Even though I am sure there is another, one just doesn't come to mind.

The moment you enter the city limits of Auburn, you know you are entering the home of Auburn Universityâ?? there is no doubt. Auburn is small town USA personified and Auburn University embraces that concept with pride.

Everyone in Auburn was so friendly and helpful and that affected my opinion of Auburn University and Jordan-Hare Stadium immensely.

Where War Eagles Soar and Tigers Roar

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

In college football, there are elite programs. Many of these programs are found in the Southeastern Conference, and among these programs are the Auburn Tigers. Auburn's football history dates back to 1892, when the Tigers played the first college football game in the Deep South ever against Georgia. Auburn won, 10-0, and since then have established a great tradition in that includes a 716-404-47 record, two national championships, three Heisman Trophy winners, seven undefeated seasons, eleven conference championships and five #1-overall NFL draft picks (tied for most with USC and Notre Dame).

Every great college football team needs a great home-field advantage, and Auburn is no exception. Jordan-Hare Stadium (named after Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Auburn's winningest coach ever, and Cliff Hare, a member of Auburn's first football team) was opened on November 10, 1939, as the Tigers played host to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Since then, many great moments have occurred at Jordan-Hare. Many great players have suited up on this field as well, such as Bo Jackson, Cam Newton, Cadillac Williams, Ed Dyas, Pat Sullivan, and many other greats.

Auburn has one of the best home-field advantages in college football, and a game at Jordan-Hare is a must for any true college football fan.

Best overall experience

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Nathan's review is spot-on. Tremendous overall experience. Classy fans who love their Tigers and are boisterous, but completely respectful to opposing fans. One of the few places where talk of "family" really seems sincere and holds true. The traditions of the pre-game flight of the War Eagle and post-game "rolling" of Toomer's Corner are two of the best in any sport, much less college football. First rate experience and a must for any college football fan. Regardless of your allegiance, they'll make you feel welcome.

A loud stadium with some great fans.

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 0

I saw several games here and thought it held weight with the best stadiums in the SEC. The place is arguably one of the loudest in the country and the fans are rabid. The stadium is located pretty much on campus and made for easy access. The tailgating wasn't nearly as good as at other SEC stadiums though.

Auburn game

Total Score: 1.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 1
  • Extras: 0

Went to the Iron Bowl last year and witnessed one of the worse atmosperes in my entire life. the fans were rude and acted like drunks. The town was small and run down.

All in all, my worse experiance at a stadium i have ever been too. and I have been to Commonwealth Stadium

Auburn

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Great environment! Best is all of college football. Tiger walk, eagle flight, all need to be on everyones bucket list.
Food is plentiful, reasonably prices, high quality, and many varieties. One of best in SEC!

Merely Average

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 1
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

If you're going to Auburn, go when the Tigers are competitive and winning. The atmosphere and the fan base are unlike no other when they're winning. When they aren't winning, Jordan-Hare Stadium is a dud, which gives a fan base a low score in my book.

Getting there isn't the easiest place to get to but not overly hard for the fact there is nothing really between Columbus and Montgomery besides Auburn.

Besides their hedges and their big scoreboard, the stadium at Auburn isn't much to look at really. Two major decks on each sideline and that is pretty much it.

The worst part about Auburn is their food. There's more variety outside the stadium than inside the stadium and the food quality is rough. I had a hot dog and I could have been fooled by eating two large croutons for hot dog buns and an eraser in the middle. It was brutal.

Overall, I was very disappointed on my trip to Auburn, but maybe I am thinking it was because the Tigers were not doing so hot.

Homer Review

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Basically everything the official review, except the food and beverage needs to be amended. I believe that there have been improvements in this area, especially right outside the stadium with the addition of food trucks and the student center has Chick-Fil-A and other restaurants. They have tried to fix the parking issues by adding a parking deck right next to the stadium and a few more lots. I don't know if his review was before these additions but it still is packed every weekend. But that is to be expected from a big school.

Tiger Tracks

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

Auburn University, in the heart of Alabama farm country is one of the true Southern Universities that make up the Southeastern Conference. The city of Auburn, Alabama is known primarily because of Auburn University, and the city is largely centered around the university campus. The fact that most Alabama fans would like to forget, is that Auburn played football in Alabama before the University of Alabama, playing Georgia in 1892. Auburn is home to three Heisman Trophy Winners (Cam Newton, Bo Jackson, and Pat Sullivan), and two National Championships (2010, 1957). The school is also home to 11 conference championships, and seven undefeated seasons.

The story behind Jordan-Hare Stadium is that it was named for Ralph “Shug” Jordan (Auburn’s all-time winningest coach) and Cliff Hare (a member of the 1892 team). The field is named Pat Dye Field, after Pat Dye who was a college hall-of-fame coach with 12 years of his time at Auburn University. The facility opened in 1939 in a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and was expanded to its current 87,451 capacity in 2004. The field plays host every other year to one of the great college rivalries, the Iron Bowl against Alabama.

Jordan-Hare Stadium is a great example of what is right about college football, especially in the South.

Great fans, great crowd

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

I agree the fans are very polite, and they are very supportive of their team - to be expected since they are from the SEC. Like most of these bigger stadiums getting in and around can be a challenge, but is nowhere near as bad as Nebraska or Michigan. Tickets are on par with other SEC teams, but a lot more than the mid-majors of course.

Prayer in Jordan-Hare

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

Being a lifelong Auburn fan may make be biased but I find solace in the fact that the loveliest village on the plains has so much tradition and fun involved in game day activities.

Auburn has plenty to do before the game . Depending on the game you're going to there will be tailgating like no other . Typically when attending I "borrow" the handicap sticker from my grandparents and park in the handicap lot . I know what you're thinking " he's one of those guys " but 85% of the people in that lot are too . However , I do normally purchase a parking pass for one of the parking buildings as a backup as well . There are several game and fan zones around the stadium to go visit. A big site is heading downtown to see Toomer's corner. This is a must see stop. Tiger rags always has the game day shirts for sale before and after the game.

THE TIGER WALK
Again a must see . 2 hours before kickoff the team walks through the street to the stadium . The crowd here is ridiculous . This tradition follows the team to away games as well . I've made it a mission to attend more of the big games and for the 2013 Georgia game the streets were jammed. The crowd was in a fury of chanting as the team filed through. I didn't think they were ever going to beat that tiger walk but attending the Iron Bowl this year the crowd was double in size and that is on a down year for the tigers .

The Stadium
Once inside there is no better atmosphere . The new scoreboard is the largest screen I've ever seen . We always try for endzone seats . However, do be aware of the game time as if you are in the wrong endzone you may find yourself sunburned. The seats are bench seats and a little tight so you'll get to know your neighbor. That's a plus as every Auburn fan in the stadium will be nice to you . Unless you're an Alabama fan , but even then they will usually be civil . The student section is ever filled . For the Georgia and Alabama games you'll find a full quarter of the stadium filled with just students . Don't kick a field goal that way as the sheer noise may just keep the ball out of the uprights. Food in the stadium is decent . No alcohol but that is probably for the best. Variety is great and lines tend to move well enough. They do have quite a few items that are sold directly in the stands . BOILED PEANUTS!! Excuse me on that but I am a southern boy and I love the boiled peanuts . Try them if you see a vendor . If you're from the north and have never had them it's definitely worth the try. The eagle pregame and the collection of former players that are always in attendance make this an A class pregame. Big plays make the place come alive. The prayer in Jordan-Hare may be the loudest moment I've ever had in a stadium for any team anywhere. I can only imagine the next game with the kick six.

Post Game
If it is a win , you are REQUIRED to check out Toomer's again . I know this sounds crazy but the rolling of the oaks is one of the most iconic traditions in college football . Typically for big wins it's the entire corner that gets rolled not just the trees . If it is your first time at an Auburn game I highly recommend a visit to this tradition. Besides, traffic getting back out of Auburn will take you forever anyways . You might as well take a little extra time to see the sites .

AUburn Experience

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Awesome experience when visiting pre and post game evetns

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