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Jordan-Hare Stadium

Jordan–Hare Stadium
Pat Dye Field
Former names Auburn Stadium (1939–1949)
Cliff Hare Stadium (1949–1973)
Location 251 South Donahue Drive, Auburn, Alabama 36849
Coordinates

32°36′8″N 85°29′21″W / 32.60222°N 85.48917°W / 32.60222; -85.48917Coordinates: 32°36′8″N 85°29′21″W / 32.60222°N 85.48917°W / 32.60222; -85.48917

Opened November 9, 1939[1]
Expanded 1949, 1955, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1987, 2000, 2003
Owner Auburn University
Operator Auburn University
Surface Grass
Construction cost $1,446,900
($24.5 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Warren, Knight, and Davis[3]
General contractor Murphy Pond/R.M. Construction[3]
Capacity 7,500 (1939-1948)
21,500 (1949-1954)
34,500 (1955-1959)
44,500 (1960-1969)
61,261 (1970-1979)
72,169 (1980-1986)
85,214 (1987-1999)
85,612 (2000)
86,063 (2001-2003)
87,451 (2004-present)
Tenants
Auburn Tigers (NCAA) (1939–present)
Auburn High School Tigers (AHSAA) (1939–1947)

Jordan–Hare Stadium ( Southern Conference.

On November 19, 2005, the playing field at the stadium was named in honor of former Auburn coach and athletic director Pat Dye. The stadium is now officially known as Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The stadium reached its current seating capacity of 87,451 with the 2004 expansion and is the twelfth largest stadium in the NCAA. By the end of the 2006 season, it was estimated that 19,308,753 spectators had attended a football game in Jordan–Hare. Jordan–Hare Stadium regularly makes lists of the best gameday atmospheres and most intimidating places to play.[4][5][6]

History

The stadium, then known as Auburn Stadium with 7,290 seats--the lower half of the current facility's west grandstand--hosted its first game on November 10, 1939, between the Auburn and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football freshmen teams.[7] About one month later, the stadium was dedicated and the first college football game was played against the University of Florida on November 30, 1939 under head coach Jack Meagher. By the time the stadium was renamed Cliff Hare Stadium in 1949, it had grown to a capacity of 21,500. Shug Jordan became head coach of the Tigers in 1951. He was still coaching when the stadium was renamed to honor him in 1973, making it the first stadium in the United States to be named for an active coach. The stadium's capacity more than tripled during his 25 years at Auburn, from 21,500 when he arrived to 61,261 when he retired in 1975. [8]

For much of its history, Auburn played games against their traditional rivals at neutral sites rather than Jordan–Hare Stadium. This occurred due to the difficulty in traveling to Auburn during the first half of the 20th century and the capacity of other stadiums. These games included Alabama (played at Legion Field in Birmingham), Tennessee (played at Legion Field in Birmingham or Knoxville), Georgia Tech (played in Birmingham or Atlanta), and Georgia (played at Memorial Stadium in Columbus). As Auburn became more accessible and the stadium expanded in capacity, more games were moved to Jordan–Hare Stadium. The most notable of these matchups occurred on December 2, 1989, when Auburn defeated #2 Alabama in the first Iron Bowl played at Jordan–Hare.

With the addition of the west upper deck in 1980 and the east upper deck in 1987, the stadium became the largest in the state of Alabama until the 2006 and 2010 expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium (capacity 101,821[9]) at the University of Alabama. The 2004 stadium expansion extended the east upper deck by an additional section on each end, adding more luxury suites and additional general seating to reach the current capacity of 87,451.

In 1998, artist Michael Taylor was commissioned to paint ten large murals on the east-side exterior of the stadium. The paintings depicted the greatest players, teams, and moments from Auburn's football history to that date. [2] In 2011, Auburn once again updated the murals, recognizing the greatest coaches, players, and teams up until 2011.

Before the 2007 season, a new, $2.9 million, 30-foot (9.1 m) high by 74-foot (23 m) wide high definition Daktronics LED video display was installed in the south end-zone of Jordan–Hare Stadium. Auburn is the first SEC school to install an HD video display and the second in the NCAA (after Texas' Godzillatron).[10]

A master plan for future expansion of Jordan-Hare Stadium was completed in 2011 by Pieper Sports Facility Consulting. There is no immediate timetable for the expansion, but Auburn hopes to reach a capacity of at least 100,000. The new expansion would include upper decks in both north and south endzones, and a brick facade on the exterior.

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References

External links

  • Jordan–Hare Stadium at AuburnTigers.com
  • Van Plexico's complete history of Jordan–Hare
Preceded by
Drake Field
Home of the
Auburn High School Tigers

1939 – 1947
Succeeded by
Felton Little Park

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