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    Jordan-Hare Stadium, the nation's eighth-largest on-campus stadium, is entering its 65th year as home to the Auburn Tigers. On football Saturdays in Auburn,Jordan-Hare Stadium becomes Alabama's fifth-largest city. More than 75,000 season tickets have been sold to Auburn home games in each of the last 11 years. Named for Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Auburn's all-time winningest football coach, and Clifford Leroy Hare, a member of Auburn's first football team, president of the old Southern Conference and longtime chairman of Auburn's Faculty AthleticCommittee, Jordan-Hare Stadium has a capacity of 87,451. What is now Jordan-Hare Stadium was first opened and dedicated on Nov. 30, 1939, at the Auburn-Florida game. Babe McGehee, now an Auburn resident, scored the first touchdown in what was then called "Auburn Stadium," by catching a pass from Dick McGowen.

    McGowen, who later coached at Auburn under Jordan, kicked the extra point and Auburn tied Florida, 7-7. That first stadium held 7,500 seats and consisted of what is now the bottom part of the lower west stands. When the stadium was renamed "Cliff Hare Stadium" in 1949, 14,000 seats - the present lower east stands - had been added, raising capacity to 21,500. Jordan became head coach in 1951 and the stadium that was to bear his name underwent three major expansions in 15 years. More than 40,000 seats, virtually half of the stadium's present capacity, were added while Jordan was the coach. Cliff Hare Stadium became Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1973. It was the first stadium in the country to be named for an active coach. The history of Auburn Football can be seen by standing in the middle of the playing field and looking at various additions. The original stadium consisted of the bottom half of the lower west stands and later the east stands. Jordan teams added the top half of the lower west stands and the north and south end zone seats. Players such as William Andrews, Joe Cribbs and James Brooks brought about the west side upper deck in 1980 and the success of Pat Dye-coached teams led to the addition of the east side upper deck and luxury suites in 1987. A football attendance record for the state of Alabama was set in the very first game of the "new" stadium when 80,000 fans came to see Auburn defeat Texas 31-3 in the 1987 season opener. Two more 80,000-plus crowds came to Auburn that season and within two years Jordan- Hare Stadium - and Auburn - held every major football attendance record in the state of Alabama.

    Overall, Auburn has played 302 games in Jordan-Hare Stadium, winning 236, losing 59 and tying seven for a winning percentage of .793 against some of the best teams in college football. Auburn's longest home winning streak is 30 games covering a period of nine years. It began with a 3-0 win over Clemson in 1952 and ended with a 14-12 upset loss to Kentucky in 1961.

    Jordan-Hare Facts
    Dedicated: 1939 (7,500)

    The Stadium Name Additions (Capacity)
    1939-Auburn Stadium 1949 (21,500)
    1949-Cliff Hare Stadium 1955 (34,500)
    1973-Jordan-Hare

    1960 (44,500)
    1970 (61,261)
    1980 (72,169)
    1987 (85,214)
    2000 (85,612)
    2001 (86,063)
    2004 (87,451)

    Auburn's Largest Winning Margin at Jordan-Hare Stadium

    Rank Margin Score Opponent Date
    1. +66 76-10 UT-Chattanooga 9/9/95
    2. +62 62-0 Fresno State 9/7/96
    3. +60 60-0 Cincinnati 11/10/84
    4. +57
    +57
    57-0
    57-0
    Wake Forest
    Presbyterian
    9/20/69
    11/4/44
    6. +56 56-0 Western Carolina 9/7/2002
    7 +55
    +55
    55-0
    55-0
    Samford
    Pacific
    9/12/92
    9/9/89
    9. +53 60-7 UT-Chattanooga 9/18/71
    10. +52
    +52
    52-0
    52-0
    UT-Chattanooga
    Furman
    9/21/74
    10/2/55

    Auburn's Largest Losing Margin at Jordan-Hare Stadium

    Rank Margin Score Opponent Date
    1. -42 0-42 Tennessee 9/27/80
    2. -41 0-41 Clemson 11/25/50
    3. -34 7-41 Nebraska 10/2/82
    4. -28
    -28
    -28
    6-34
    0-28
    0-28
    Florida St.
    Georiga
    Tulane
    11/7/87
    11/13/76
    10/28/50
    7. -24 7-31 Alabama 11/17/01
    8. -23 0-23 Southern California 8/30/03
    9. -20 0-20 Mississippi State 11/1/97
    10. -19 0-19 Virginia 9/3/98

    Jordan-Hare Year by Year

    Year Total Attendance Games Avg. Attendance Auburn Record
    1939 15,000 1 15,000 0-0-1
    1940 21,000 1 21,000 1-0
    1941 20,500 2 10,250 2-0
    1942 10,000 1 10,000 1-0
    1943
    No team because of World War II
    1944 15,000 2 7,500 2-0
    1945 17,000 2 8,500 2-0
    1946 12,000 1 12,000 1-0
    1947 12,000 1 12,000 1-0
    1948 12,000 1 12,000 0-0-1
    1949 20,000 1 20,000 1-0
    1950 44,000 3 14,666 0-3
    1951 59,500 3 19,833 3-0
    1952 60,500 3 20,167 2-1
    1953 41,000 2 20,500 2-0
    1954 62,000 3 20,667 3-0
    1955 85,322 4 21,333 4-0
    1956 98,161 4 24,540 4-0
    1957 83,000 3 27,667 3-0
    1958 117,000 4 29,250 4-0
    1959 122,000 4 30,500 4-0
    1960 152,385 5 30,567 5-0
    1961 147,530 5 29,506 4-1
    1962 119,000 4 29,750 2-1-1
    1963 121,600 4 30,400 4-0
    1964 151,000 5 30,200 5-0
    1965 142,850 5 28,570 3-2
    1966 121,068 4 30,267 3-1
    1967 150,315 5 30,063 5-0
    1968 136,966 3 45,655 1-2
    1969 208,686 5 41,737 5-0
    1970 235,074 4 58,769 2-2
    1971 298,500 6 49,750 6-0
    1972 180,874 4 45,219 4-0
    1973 337,613 6 56,269 4-2
    1974 344,768 6 57,461 6-0
    1975 205,712 4 51,428 1-3
    1976 236,198 4 59,050 1-3
    1977 295,000 6 49,167 4-2
    1978 231,106 4 57,777 1-2-1
    1979 311,974 6 51,996 6-0
    1980 369,669 6 61,612 4-2
    1981 352,998 6 58,833 4-2
    1982 504,648 8 63,081 6-2
    1983 445,428 6 74,238 5-1
    1984 375,185 5 75,037 5-0
    1985 542,632 7 77,518 6-1
    1986 464,499 7 66,357 6-1
    1987 475,470 6 79,245 5-1
    1988 560,599 8 70,074 8-0
    1989 577,554 7 82,508 7-0
    1990 569,975 7 81,425 5-1-1
    1991 469,024 6 78,171 3-3
    1992 510,549 7 72,936 5-1-1
    1993 567,436 7 81,062 7-0
    1994 569,013 7 81,287 6-0-1
    1995 568,226 7 81,181 6-1
    1996 577,278 7 82,468 5-2
    1997 501,267 6 83,545 4-2
    1998 567,733 7 81,105 2-5
    1999 566,333 7 80,905 3-4
    2000 577,045 7 82,435 7-0
    2001 512,691 6 85,448 5-1
    2002 580,600 7 82,493 6-1
    2003 596,422 7 85,203 5-2
    2004 581,597 7 83,085 7-0
    Totals 18,039,123 309 58,379 243-59-7
    (.798)

    Jordan-Hare's Top Crowds

    RkAtt.OpponentDateResultScore
    1.87,451LSU9/18/04W10-9
    87,451Arkansas10/16/04W38-20
    87,451Georgia11/13/04W24-6
    4.86,063USC8/30/03L0-23
    86,063Tennessee10/4/03W28-21
    86,063Mississippi St.10/18/03W45-13
    86,063Ole Miss11/8/03L20-24
    86,063Alabama11/22/03W28-23
    86,063Georgia11/16/02L21-24
    86,063Alabama11/17/01L7-31
    86,063Louisiana Tech10/20/01W (OT)48-41
    86,063Florida10/13/01W23-20
    86,063Mississippi St.10/6/01W16-14
    86,063Ole Miss9/8/01W27-21
    15.85,612Georgia11/11/00W (OT)29-26
    85,612LSU9/16/00W34-17
    17.85,319Alabama12/2/89W30-20
    18.85,244Florida10/18/97L10-24

    Jordan-Hare Compared to Alabama Cities*

    Rank City Population
    1 Birmingham 242,820
    2 Montgomery 201,568
    3 Mobile 198,915
    4 Huntsville 158,216
    5 JORDAN-HARE STADIUM 87,451
    6 Tuscaloosa 77,906
    7 Hoover 62,742
    8 Dothan 57,737
    9 Decatur 53,929
    10 Auburn 42,987
    *According to 2000 population estimates. Courtesy of www.census.gov

    Largest On-Campus Stadiums

    Rank Stadium (School) Capacity
    1 Michigan (Michigan) 107,501
    2 Beaver (Penn State) 106,000
    3 Neyland (Tennessee) 104,079
    4 Ohio (Ohio State) 95,346
    5 Sanford (Georgia) 92,746
    6 Tiger (LSU) 91,600
    7 Ben Hill Griffin (Florida) 88,548
    8 JORDAN-HARE (AUBURN) 87,451
    8 Stanford (Stanford) 85,500
    10 Bryant-Denny (Alabama) 83,818
    According to 2002 NCAA Football Record Book
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