Pre-game Ceremonies Expanded

Auburn, Ala.--In addition to tighter security at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, fans attending the Mississippi State at Auburn football game will notice other changes.

The Southeastern Conference flags at the stadium will be replaced with American flags to honor victims of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Alabama Governor Don Siegelman will lead the crowd in the pledge of allegiance.

The Auburn University band will do a patriotic music medley as part of the pre-game show that will include the singing of God Bless America by AU associate professor Rosephanye Dunn Powell.

Area policemen and firefighters will be part of the pre-game ceremony by helping hold a U.S. shield logo on the field and the football Tigers will run onto the field from their South end zone dressing room through the firefighters and policemen. The players will not be on the field during the pre-game ceremonies.

Auburn, 3-1 overall and 2-0 in SEC, will be looking to end a four-game losing streak in games vs. Mississippi State, which is 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the SEC.

"This is an important game for both teams," says Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville. "We are expecting to see Mississippi State play well on Saturday night. They are the most talented team we have faced."

Items such as backpacks, stadium seats and cameras will not be allowed into the stadium for security reasons, AU officials announced last week. Small purses, binoculars, headphone radios and other small items can be brought into the stadium.

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