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.
Dedicated: 1939 (7,500)
|The Stadium Name||Additions (Capacity)|
|1939-Auburn Stadium||1949 (21,500)|
|1949-Cliff Hare Stadium||1955 (34,500)|
Auburn's Largest Winning Margin at Jordan-Hare Stadium
Auburn's Largest Losing Margin at Jordan-Hare Stadium
Jordan-Hare Year by Year
|Year||Total Attendance||Games||Avg. Attendance||Auburn Record|
Jordan-Hare's Top Crowds
|86,063||Louisiana Tech||10/20/01||W (OT)||48-41|
Jordan-Hare Compared to Alabama Cities*
|*According to 2000 population estimates. Courtesy of www.census.gov|
Largest On-Campus Stadiums
|2||Beaver (Penn State)||106,000|
|4||Ohio (Ohio State)||95,346|
|7||Ben Hill Griffin (Florida)||88,548|
|According to 2002 NCAA Football Record Book|