AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The countdown is on to perhaps the biggest Iron Bowl in history. More than 100,000 fans are expected to gather in and around Jordan-Hare stadium to watch the 10-1 Tigers take on the undefeated Crimson Tide.
Auburn Police Chief Paul Register says the Iron Bowl crowd is typically very well behaved compared to other SEC games. He says very rarely do fans get into fights, and fans who do decide to drink most often do it responsibly.
However, because this Iron Bowl is expected to be the biggest in history in terms of the number of fans coming to town. So, public safety decided to add even more officers in and around the stadium for crowd and traffic control.
"We don't give out specific numbers, but it will be in the hundreds, several hundred when you consider traffic, stadium and officers working regularly that day," explained Register. "Keep in mind officers that work normally to protect the neighborhoods, those numbers don't change, we don't pull them off their normal duties for game day."
Traffic is a huge concern for police. They expect a massive influx of people to arrive Friday, after spending Thanksgiving with their families. On Saturday, several hundred RV's were allowed to park early on campus, in effort to minimize the rush.
Here is a link to a game day traffic map. Go ahead print it out and have it with you, because it will help you maneuver your way around those busy roadways, before and after the game.