If you’ve ever been to an Auburn Football game, you know that it’s an all-day experience.
If you aren’t prepared, your game day experience could be less than stellar. Game days are marathons, and these 10 things will not only help you survive, but you'll look good doing it.
1. A Shaker
The Shaker is the classic weapon of any Auburn fan. Whether you’re the type to bring you own sacred shaker from the kick six, or just pick one up off the ground at the stadium, you can’t get through an Auburn football game without one. When we are playing well, your shaker serves as just the right instrument to cheer on your team and express your excited energy. Likewise, when we aren’t playing so well, the shaker serves as the object by which we can safely ventilate our anger.
2. Lip Balm
If there is one guarantee at any outdoor athletic event, it’s that your lips will get chapped. It’s just a terrible side effect of the “experience.” Because of this, you’re going to need some quality lip balm to keep your lips perfect through that long day outside.
3. Clear Bag
New this year is the whole clear bag policy. Like it or not, a rule is a rule. In order to get all of your much-needed supplies into the game, the plastic clear bag is an unfortunate must.
4. Cowboy Boots
If there is one look that both girls and guys can rock at an Auburn Football game, it’s cowboy boots. You just can’t go wrong with a good pair of Southern footwear.
5. Ignited Card
As students, we have to have our ignited cards in order to get into the stadium. For those that didn’t get a full season of tickets, it is a constant struggle. Also new this year, the University is cracking down on those who use ignited cards that are not their own. Although the brave will try, they are pretty serious about it. At this point, you better either have the games transferred to your card or have a long lost twin who goes to Auburn and plans on skipping the game.
A great thing about Auburn is that, even as autumn goes on, the weather is typically fairly mild and sunny. Because of this, a good pair of sunglasses is crucial for a comfortable game day experience.
7. Portable Phone Charger
Everyone knows that in today’s world, you practically don’t exist if your phone is out of battery. You can’t be contacted, there is no access to social media, and there is no way to post that great Instagram photo of you and your friends living it up at the game. That’s where portable phone chargers come in. Perhaps one of the most vital accessories to a successful game day, portable chargers have become cheaper and better, and they are a must on game days.
Although autumn is upon us, it’s still in the 80°s constantly. Unless it’s a night game, you are in direct sunlight during most of the game when sitting in the student section. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a poor girl in a sleeveless dress or top at the game with one arm burned red and the other perfectly fine. Don’t be that girl. Bring sunblock.
9. Stash of Toilet Paper
Although you may not want to bring your toilet paper into the stadium, everyone knows that it is a must after winning a home game. Whether you stash you toilet paper somewhere between the stadium and Toomer’s Corner or plan on running back home to quickly grab some before heading downtown, carrying sufficient toilet paper is crucial for being a good Auburn fan.
10. Tiger Card
At some point, everyone has experienced the feeling of near starvation during a long football game. The good news? The stadium accepts your Tiger Card. Why starve when you can use your dining dollars and eat your fill of amazing stadium nachos? That is why bringing your Tiger Card to the game is essential in surviving.
With these 10 must-haves, you are sure not only to survive game day, but to thrive on game day. Have any other essentials? Be sure to comment below.
Be well, Auburn.
Photography: Henry G.
Mark is from Dallas, Texas majoring in industrial design with a marketing minor. If he isn’t in studio, he can either be found at The Rec or at the intramural fields. He is passionate about the outdoors and trying to get people to laugh at his jokes.
As a member of a large family, he loves being in the middle of the action. As an ESTJ, Mark shares personality traits with his favorite TV character, Dwight Schrute.
Mark is always juggling multiple commitments which include involvement with the Catholic Student Organization, whatever intramural sport he can get his hands on, working for the Auburn Rec marketing team, and working on his hair.
Mark peaked his freshman year when he lost big man on campus. It was all downhill from there.