AU Looking at Stadium Upgrades, Jacobs Says

Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs discusses the future of Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn, Ala.--Jay Jacobs said Auburn is seriously looking at making additional upgrades to Jordan-Hare Stadium, which is celebrating its 75th season as home of the Auburn football team.

Jacobs, who is Auburn’s athletic director, told Inside the Auburn Tigers, “We are doing a study right now on what we could possibly do to increase amenities, not to increase seating.”

Auburn’s stadium has an official capacity of 87,411.

“We are one of the few schools in the nation that has sold out every game this year and that includes our non-conference schedule,” Jacobs points out.

“I’m going to be relentless in making sure that we have the best game day experience that we can possibly have, and a big part of that is stadium enhancement,” he said. “We are pushing on that right now and we will continue to push on that and in the next few months.”

Jay Jacobs (left) is shown with Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn.

In recent years the restrooms, playing field, concession stands, concourses, player locker rooms have been upgraded. During the offseason this year the electrical grid inside the stadium was redone.

“At the beginning of the year we should have a plan of what we can do, what we’re going to do on a year by year basis to upgrade our facilities,” Jacobs says. “I don’t mean adding an upper deck, I mean making sure that the people, the loyal Auburn fans who have been in the same seats for years, have better amenities, a better experience than anybody else in the nation.

“We are continuously looking at it,” Jacobs adds. “We have some goals that we want to get done every year and once we go through the appropriate analysis of that and the funding aspect, and the approval process, we will be able to say exactly what it is we’re going to do year-to-year moving forward.”

Heading into Saturday’s home game at Jordan-Hare Stadium the Tigers have played to capacity crowds at their previous seven games. The last non-sellout was Oct. 26, 2013 when a crowd of 85,517 showed up to see the Tigers defeat Florida Atlantic.

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