School estimates 70,000-100,000 in attendance
By ANDY BITTER
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn won’t be playing a football game this afternoon. It will only feel like it.
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The Tigers plan to celebrate their first national championship since 1957 in style today at Jordan-Hare Stadium, officially commemorating the team’s BCS title game victory against Oregon earlier this month.
Quarterback Cam Newton, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, coach Gene Chizik and most of Auburn’s players are expected to be in attendance at the full-scale celebration, which is free of charge and begins at 2 p.m.
School officials estimate a crowd of 70,000 to 75,000, although they acknowledged there could be as many as 100,000 on hand.
The festivities include a one-hour program on the field followed by a reverse Tiger Walk from the stadium back to the athletic complex.
During halftime of the Auburn-Alabama basketball game at the Auburn Arena (6 p.m.), the Tigers will be presented the ODK Foy Sportsmanship Trophy as Iron Bowl champions.
Tickets are not required to enter Jordan-Hare Stadium. Seating is general admission and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Gates open two hours prior to the event.
Students with a valid Auburn Ignited card will be allowed to stand on the field for the ceremony.
Public parking will be available at the hayfields on South Donahue Drive. Shuttles will run to the stadium starting at 11 a.m. until two hours afterward.