Weekend events to bring economic surge to Auburn

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Toomer's Drug Store, a fan favorite on any game day, is preparing for what may be their busiest day of the year: Saturday's A-Day game and the last roll of the beloved Toomer's Oaks.

"Probably this weekend will be a lot more people coming from out of state to see the trees, so it's probably going to be a lot busier than usual, but we're excited and we're ready for it," explains Toomer's employee, Hannah Marxen.

Marxen says she and her coworkers are planning a 12 hour workday starting at 8 a.m. to handle the large crowds.

"This weekend we're expecting the lines to be out the door, but we're getting ready by stacking up and pre-squeezing, making bottles of lemonade and getting everyone mentally prepared for the weekend, but we're ready to celebrate with everyone," Marxen said.

The Auburn and Opelika Tourism Bureau is ready and excited for this weekend's events as well.

Officials say they have not seen an economic impact like this, especially for an A-Day game, in years.

"It's a tremendous weekend for the Auburn, Opelika area. We have conservatively place a $2 million economic impact for the course of this weekend on this event," says Vice President of the Auburn and Opelika Tourism Bureau, Robyn Bridges.

Bridges says hotel rooms all over the area have been for Saturday night have been sold out for weeks, and as of Thursday night they were almost sold out completely for Friday night.

These numbers surpass anything that has ever been seen for a home football game in the fall.

"We're going to assure those trees out the right way for sure with all these people coming from all over the globe to be in Auburn for this big event."

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