The Auburn Tigers are scheduled to take the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium this Saturday for the 2018 A-Day game. But A-Day is more than a spring game for the fans and members of the Auburn family who will catch a glimpse of the gridiron this weekend.
With events including a concert, a 5K, a cornhole tournament and an autograph session surrounding the 3 p.m. kickoff, A-Day weekend offers a little something for every age of Auburn fan.
Friday, April 6
7 a.m. – The Auburn University Landscape and Nursery Association will hold its annual A-Day weekend plant sale at the corner of South College Street and East Samford Avenue. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted, with proceeds funding the club’s participation in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition in North Carolina. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
2:30 p.m. – Alpha Tau Omega will partner with Auburn Athletics and the Lutzie 43 Foundation for its second annual powderpuff football tournament, presented by The Standard at Auburn. This 32-team double-elimination tournament raises money for the Lutzie 43 Foundation, which was started in memory of the late Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.
The tournament, which also features a skills competition, will be held at the Indoor Practice Facility at 251 S. Donahue Drive. But the championship game is scheduled to be played Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, prior to the A-Day game.
For more information, visit lutzie43.org/events.
5 p.m. – The newest group of Auburn Athletics legends will be inducted into the Tiger Trail, during a ceremony at Auburn Arena. The Tiger Trail class of 2018 includes DeWanna Bonner, women’s basketball 2005-09; Kim Evans, women’s golf head coach 1994-2015; Freddie Smith, football 1976-79; Jerry Smith, men’s track and field 1962-64; Ben Tamburello, football 1983-86; and Susan Nunnelly, who has been involved with Auburn Athletics from 1973 to the present.
Each inductee will draw a location for the granite plaque bearing their name to be placed in downtown Auburn.
The event is open to the public, with a 5 p.m. reception and the ceremony itself beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are required to attend the event. Reservations may be made by contacting the Auburn Chamber at 334-887-7011.
5 p.m. – The Southeastern Raptor Center has a “Wing Fling” educational program scheduled at the raptor center amphitheater, located at 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive. The non-flight educational program features owls, hawks, falcons, vultures, and of course, eagles. Admission is $5, but there is no charge for children younger than age 3. Fans can also have photos taken with the birds following the program.
6 p.m. – Country music fans can head to the green space east of the stadium for a free concert by the Brothers Osborne. “Country Rocks the Plains” is sponsored by the Hudson Family Foundation and Auburn Athletics.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Blane Rudd is scheduled to take the stage at 7 p.m., followed by an Auburn University pep rally at 7:45 p.m., and Brothers Osborne beginning their set at 8:20 p.m.
Although the show is free, attendees can purchase pit tickets for $30 each.
For more information, call 334-707-9007, or email email@example.com.
Saturday, April 7
8 a.m. – The day begins bright and early with the Tri Delta Lutzie 5K, which will take runners all over the Auburn University campus. All proceeds from the event support the Philip Lutzenkirchen Excellence in Public Speaking Award, which is awarded annually by Auburn’s School of Communication and Journalism. Registration is $20 for Auburn University students and $43 for non-students.
The event is presented by The Standard at Auburn. For more information, visit lutzie43.org/events.
8 a.m. – The Auburn University School of Nursing will host a World Health Day event from 8-11 a.m. on the green space by the nursing building, on the corner of Lem Morrison and Donahue Drives. The event features activities and snacks to promote healthy living for all ages.
8:30 a.m. – Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine will have an open house until 2 p.m., at 1130 Wire Road. Programs featured throughout the day include a petting zoo, a showcase of exotic animals, and “teddy bear surgery,” where children can bring their stuffed animals and learn to repair them.
10 a.m. – Future Tigers who want to test their skills are welcome to participate in a punt, pass and kick contest, 40-yard dash and field goal challenge that will be held on the football practice field. Admission is free, and the contest is open to kids between the first and sixth grades.
11 a.m. – Auburn University students will compete in a cornhole tournament on the campus green space off Heisman Drive. The championship game will be played on the sidelines of Pat Dye Field during the A-Day game. Pre-registration is required, and students can register their team at auburntigers.com/contests/18-cornhole.
12 p.m. – Coca-Cola Tiger Fan Fest opens on the Nichols Lawn. This free entertainment area includes inflatable games for kids, music from a live DJ, and free giveaways.
12 p.m. – Harrison School of Pharmacy students will hold a health fair and pre-game tailgate until 2 p.m. Both events will be in front of the Walker Building, adjacent to the Thach Concourse.
1 p.m. – Gates open at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
2 p.m. – Fans can welcome the team and coaching staff during the Tiger Walk on Donahue Drive.
3 p.m. – The A-Day game kicks off at Jordan-Hare Stadium. General admission tickets are $5 for the general public, and free for Auburn University students with an Auburn Ignited card. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at auburntigers.com, or from the Auburn Ticket Office in Auburn Arena from 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. On A-Day, tickets can be purchased from the main ticket office at Auburn Arena beginning at 8 a.m., and from the Jordan-Hare ticket windows starting at 1 p.m. All stadium gates will be open.
Postgame – The football team and head coach Gus Malzahn will be available for an autograph session at Jordan-Hare Stadium.