Tailgate Times

Tailgating with the Auburn family

By Kate Larkin

Each year, the Auburn Alumni Association’s Auburn Hospitality Tailgate welcomes association members and their guests back home to the Loveliest Village on the Plains.

The Hospitality Tailgate is now located in the Auburn Alumni Center, located at 317 S. South College, moved from its location on the lawn of the Wallace Center. The tailgate will open four hours before every home game and close thirty minutes before the official kickoff time.

“The hospitality tailgate offers the perfect ingredients for a pregame tailgate: food, friends and family,” said Gretchen VanValkenburg, executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association. “We invite alumni and friends to come tailgate with more than 1,500 members of the Auburn family.”

The tailgate features hot dogs, chips, desserts, and drinks; fresh-popped popcorn; live entertainment; clean restrooms, air conditioning, a cash bar; face-painting; shakers, three big-screen TVs for viewing other games around the Southeastern Conference; and a visit from Aubie, Auburn’s eight-time national collegiate mascot champion.

“There are many alumni and friends who come by the tailgate before every game,” VanValkenburg said. “We love to see them every week and we want to invite all Auburn alumni and friends to let the association do the work while they just come in and enjoy all the food, fun, and fellowship. Nothing to prepare, nothing to clean up.”

All Auburn fans are welcome, and the tailgate experience is complimentary. Members of the Auburn Alumni Association, the Student Alumni Association, and the AUM Alumni Association eat for free; non-members can pay $10 for food, and children will be $5 for food.

Pre-registration will be offered on the Auburn Alumni Association website through the Tuesday before each home game, and all who are pre-registered can enter through the Express Lane.

“We are always looking for ways to better serve our alumni and to make their game day a more pleasurable experience,” says Mary Evelyn Jordan, event coordinator. “…We invite you all to start your game day with us and experience all that the new Auburn Hospitality Tailgate has to offer!”

If interested in volunteering to help at the tailgate, contact Kate Asbury Larkin at kateasburylarkin@auburn.edu or 334-844-1149. For other questions or information on the Auburn Hospitality Tailgate, http://aualum.org/hospitality-tailgate or contact Mary Evelyn Jordan at (334) 844-1145.

For information on membership or to join the Auburn Alumni Association, visit www.aualum.org.