Tiger Walk Scheduled For Southern Cal Trip

Auburn, Ala.--Although the Auburn football team will be thousands of miles from home, the Tigers can expect to see a large group of friendly faces on their arrival at the historic Los Angeles Coliseum on Labor Day.

The first Tiger Walk of the 2002 season has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time at the southwest corner of the coliseum near the swimming complex. Auburn players will disembark from buses outside the coliseum and walk north on Menlo Avenue into the coliseum.

Due to construction and heavy traffic in the area, AU officials have requested that fans be careful near the Tiger Walk and heed all instructions from coliseum officials who will be in the area to make sure the Tiger Walk runs smoothly.

Auburn officials estimate there may be more than 12,000 Auburn fans who will attend Auburn's first college football game in California since the 1930s.

Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville says that Tiger Walk is a ritual that he and his players enjoy. "Tiger Walk is a tradition that the players and coaches like as much as the fans. It is something that not everybody does and that makes it kind of unique. It gets everybody into the game attitude.

"A lot of times you go to the stadium and get off the bus you don't realize what is going on," Tuberville adds. "When you go through Tiger Walk with people patting you on the back and jumping up and down it gets you into a game mood. Hopefully, you are already in that but it gets you more into that."

Auburn fans are shown in New York at last season's Tiger Walk prior to the Syracuse game. Shown on the left is Tommy Williams, the long-time Tiger Walk director, who died earlier this year after suffering a lengthy illness. Athletic department officials are taking over the management of the Tiger Walk this season.

Last season, the tradition was made an official part of Jordan-Hare Stadium architecture with the addition of the Tiger Walk Plaza on the southside of Auburn's home football field. The Tigers make their pregame walk to the Tiger Walk Plaza from the intersection of Donahue Drive and Samford Avenue in front of Sewell Hall and the football complex. Auburn fans, who purchased approximately 6,000 bricks that have been imbedded in the plaza walkway, helped fund the project.

The Tiger Walk Plaza project included the construction of a new 3,232 square foot, state-of-the-art dressing room, which is approximately three times larger than their old one. The Tiger Walk Plaza serves as an entry into the recruiting lounge area, which features closed circuit TVs, a kitchen, restrooms and access to the stands and the football field.

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