Which do I prefer—an Auburn Saturday in the fall or spring? After four years in Auburn, I’ve failed to come up with a solid decision.

Saturdays in the fall mean one thing: football. Everyone knows the football spirit in Auburn is palpable. Campus is brimming with excitement, fans and tailgating smells. Jordan-Hare erupts with every run, pass and tackle. The band extends liveliness with the fight song and nostalgia with the alma mater. And at the end of the night, we all pray to see a sea of toilet paper at the corner of College and Magnolia.

But Saturdays in the spring are a completely experience. A sense of relaxation is in the air. Campus is brimming with frisbees, hammocks and picnics (Toomer’s lemonade and a TigerMelt from Big Blue Bagel is my personal choice).The sidewalks erupt with friends walking and talking and running off some steam. The flora and fauna extend liveliness in every azalea bloom with a simultaneous nostalgia of spring times past. And, yes, we are still praying for a sea of white with a W from the baseball team over at Plainsman Park.

So which do you prefer? Can you manage a choice, unlike myself?

Or, do you ever wish you could combine the two?

I think this Saturday is your chance.  Spring practices are almost on the books, and the Tigers are ready to show off the new spring in their step.

It’s A-Day, y’all.

It’s the one Saturday per year where you can enjoy the Azaleas and Jordan-Hare both bursting with excitement, the relaxation and the palpable Auburn spirit. Gene and the boys are promising an Auburn victory, and, as icing on the cake, they didn’t even invite any opposing fans to ridicule you with their cowbells or shouts of “Tiger  bait!” It’s all Auburn fans in the house this weekend.

Why would you want to miss out?

Exactly. You wouldn’t. So pack up the minivan and head back to your good ole alma mater for some springtime football. I can’t think of any better Saturday in Auburn.

Here are your need-to-know details:

  • Our Heisman Trophy winners—Pat, Bo and Cam—will be immortalized in the form of three bronze statues on the east side of the stadium. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. You can also view the festivities on the jumbotron inside the stadium (enter for free at gates 1, 8U, 12 or 17) or within the Arena. But don’t get your hopes up for autographs from the three, but they will be available for pictures—well, their statues will at least.
  • Kickoff is at 2p.m., and tickets can be bought ahead of time for $5 (best deal I’ve heard of) at the Auburn Ticket Office at Auburn Arena or at your local bookstores. They’ll still be $5 on game day, but be prepared to stand in a long(er) line outside the stadium or the arena to grab ‘em last minute.
  • The Auburn University bookstore will be open all day, ready to sell you your newest Auburn gear. Downtown Auburn businesses and restaurants will also be in the spirit. Show these guys some love, and support our local businesses.
  • The Iron Bowl of women’s tennis will be served up at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Just incase you needed your fix of rowdy fans, you can find some from the U of A at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive AU Tennis T-shirts and free pizza will be served at intermission.
  • The annual A-Day plant sale is also back with a wide selection of trees, shrubs vegetables and other plants available at the corner of South College St. and Samford Ave. The sale will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the sale benefit PLANET, an Auburn University student landscape horticulture club, and will be used to fund scholarships and travel to national competitions for its members. Cash, checks, donations and select credit cards will be accepted.

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