Thousands of tiger fans packed into Jordan-Hare stadium to celebrate the football team’s recent victory over the Oregon Ducks, allowing the Auburn Tigers to take home the BCS National Championship title.
The celebration took place this past Saturday at 1 p.m. Coach Gene Chizik, Auburn’s star quarterback Cameron Newton and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley were just a few of the speakers at the event.
Newton addressed his Auburn Family realizing it was the last time he would be on the field as an Auburn football player. He made sure to show his gratitude to all the fans that supported him throughout the season when he faced opposing distractions and difficult obstacles off the field.
"You never stopped believing in me," Newton said.
Newton did not leave the podium without striking the Heisman pose. He ended his speech by saying, “I think there is one last thing for me to say how I really feel: I believe in Auburn and I love it. War Eagle!"
Along with Newton, it was also defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s last appearance in Jordan-Hare. Both players have entered their name in the NFL draft for the next football season.
The football team and coaching staff were among some of its biggest supporters including current and former students, previous players and family of the team. The former players and parents of the team were asked to stand and received applause from the remaining crowd.
Some of the other guests recognized were Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, newly elected Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, athletic director Jay Jacobs, and Auburn University President Jay Gouge.
The event was on a first come first serve basis which caused Auburn fans to arrive many hours in advance to line up at the gates. Officials opened up more sections of the stadium as needed.
Students were permitted to stand on the field in front of the stage by showing an ignited card. Large crowds and open seating did not stop the Auburn family from coming to support and celebrate the victory of their football team.
The celebration was followed by a “reverse” Tiger Walk with thousands of tiger fans lining both sides of the street cheering on the team as they left the stadium. Many of the fans then made their way downtown to partake in one of Auburn’s most cherished traditions, rolling Toomer’s Corner.
The day of celebration ended as the team and coaching staff were recognized at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Alabama.