AUBURN, Ala. | Auburn football tailgaters who would rather fork over a few hundred — or even a few thousand — dollars than pack their cars with coolers and chairs are in luck.
Auburn has partnered with a company called Tailgate Guys for fully loaded tailgate spots with prices ranging up to $4,275 for the eight-game home schedule. Individual game prices run from $300 to $1,250.
The Varsity and All Auburn packages include tents, chairs and tables set up and taken down for the tailgaters, along with a guaranteed spot. Those who really want to tailgate in style can pay extra for catering and parking.
"We're taking an area of campus and providing an optional opportunity to have an stress-free tailgating experience," said Jeremy Roberts, Auburn's director of operational support services. "Now, you can just show up on game day, go to the game and go home. You don't have to come Friday afternoon and set up your spot and worry if anybody is going to be there Saturday morning. It's basically a hassle-free opportunity."
The designated tailgating-for-pay area is near Jordan-Hare Stadium and the new student center in an area called Campus Green. It had largely been unavailable to tailgaters because of construction.
The area will have 70 tailgate sites
"The rest of the campus is free just like the past," he said.
Roberts said schools like Alabama and Mississippi offer similar tailgating packages.
He said about half of the sites have already been sold.
Some fans aren't so happy with the plan. More than 6,000 have joined the Facebook page "Keep Auburn Tailgating Free." Roberts said the concerns aren't warranted.
"The majority of the people who are raising the concerns don't understand that this doesn't go past that green area — we're not going into the amphitheater, we're not going into the library lawn, we're not going into the area by the Quad dorms, we're not going anywhere outside this one space," Roberts said.
Tailgate Guys was founded by Parker Duffey, a 2006 Auburn graduate.