Tickets for the first matchup of the ACC Tigers vs. the SEC Tigers since AU defeated Clemson 21-17 in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta to close the 1997 season has proven to be popular with both fan bases.
"I talked to Tim Jackson (senior associate athletic director) and he told me that our ticket office is going to have to refund orders for 6,000 ticket requests," Tuberville told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I knew there would be good demand for this game, but it has been even better than I expected."
The Auburn coach says it should be a good trip for fans because it is an easy drive for many and because there are so many things to do there. "Atlanta has lots of great restaurants and I won't be surprised if a lot of our fans stay for two, three or even four days," the coach says.
Kickoff for the Chick-fil-A Bowl game is set for 6:30 p.m. CST on New Year's Eve as the 9-3 Clemson Tigers take on 8-4 Auburn.
Bowl officials note that both Auburn and Clemson officials requested more tickets than the pre-determined allotments each team receives based on contracts the ACC and SEC have with the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The ACC, which gives the bowl the second pick of its available teams, allots 17,500 from that league's representative. The SEC receives 15,700 tickets.
Auburn's allotment is going to students and faculty along with Tigers Unlimited members, who are coming up 6,000 tickets short of their requests that had to be in by Friday.
Tuberville's players haven't been in their football uniforms since closing the season with a 17-10 victory over Alabama on Nov. 24th to take their sixth straight win over their archrival. However, the Tigers have not been idle the past two weeks as they have been participating in strength and conditioning workouts with Coach Kevin Yoxall and his staff.
Auburn and Clemson first played in football in 1899. Auburn leads the overall series 32-11-2. The two teams agreed earlier this year to a home-and-home series with Clemson coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2010 and Auburn making a return trip in 2011.