It’s a day that ends in ‘y,’ which means it’s time for someone in college football to get a major facility project up and running. This time around it’s Auburn’s turn.
The Tigers announced earlier this year a $28 million project to upgrade the southwest corner of Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 44,000-square foot facility with a new locker room, new recruiting areas and pavilions, a new club area and a new press box.
“This structure in the South end zone will provide both of those: a great fan experience, great student-athlete experience, so it accomplishes a lot of our goals,” AD Jay Jacobs said at the time of the announcement.
He expanded on those thoughts in a letter to Auburn fans on the athletics department’s website:
As you can see from the images, the expansive recruiting areas in the new building planned for the southwest corner of the end zone create an impressive, inviting and open space. It will inspire prospects with the story of Auburn’s history, tradition, passion and vision.
Recruits and their families will step into the recruiting area and see compelling displays of our Heisman Trophy winners and other greats, including Outland Trophy and Thorpe Award winners.
They will get a glimpse of Tiger Walk. They will see displays of championship rings and the crystal ball, and they will think about what it must feel like to come to Auburn with the hope of leaving with diplomas in their hands and rings of their own on their fingers.
Our football recruiting area will be significantly larger, and the Olympic sport recruiting space will nearly double in size. The facility will be the new gold standard in college athletics recruiting. We expect excellence out of our athletic programs, so we must model excellence.
Let’s take a look:
The facade outside Jordan-Hare Stadium’s southwest corner.
New recruiting areas.
New locker room.
Players’ entrance at the bottom, and a new press box and club area on top.
Inside the new club area.