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    Record Auburn A-Day Crowd Leads Nation in Spring Attendance

    April 22, 2013

    By Charles Goldberg
    AuburnTigers.com

    AUBURN — Auburn fans couldn't pass up a chance to get a sneak peek at Gus Malzahn's offense and say farewell to the oaks at Toomer's Corner over the weekend, two facts that helped the school set an A-Day Game attendance record that is tops in the nation this year.  

    A school-record crowd of 83,401 watched the annual spring football game in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. The attendance topped the 13 other Southeastern Conference schools, and everybody else, for that matter, according to SBNation.com.  

    SEC teams claim seven of the top nine top crowds at spring games so far in 2013. A handful of other top national schools have yet to play their spring games.

    It was a perfect storm for a big attendance in Auburn. Fans are buoyed by Malzahn's return. And thousands wanted to roll the oaks at Toomer's Corner one last time after the game. The dying oaks will be removed Tuesday.  

    The large attendance at the game had Auburn officials opening the upper decks after the game began to accommodate all the fans.  

    "The Auburn fans are an example of how we bounce back," said Athletics Director Jay Jacobs on Sunday after the eventful weekend.  

    The record crowd impressed players and coaches alike.  

    "Just to see the fans' confidence in us that we're going to bounce back and have a good team, that gives us confidence," said quarterback Kiehl Frazier after the game.

    "It was awesome," said defensive lineman Nosa Eguae. "When there's 84,000 strong for a spring game, I definitely makes you want to come out and put on your best performance."


     

     

    Malzahn thanked the faithful.  

    "Auburn fans had a tough year last year. For them to come out and support our team, that's overwhelming from a coach's standpoint," Malzahn said. "And I know our players, they had big eyes and they really appreciated it."  

    The fans really began rolling Toomer's Corner before the game and during the game and certainly after the game following a formal ceremony.  

    "That's my favorite moment because it represents the Auburn family. The Auburn family always bounces back, and we will this time," Jacobs said.  

    2013 spring football attendance
    (from SBNation.com and USA Today)  

                 Auburn             83,401

                 Alabama          78,315

                Tennessee        61,076

                Nebraska          60,174

                Arkansas         51,088

                Kentucky         50,831

                Texas               46,000

                Texas A&M      45,212

                Georgia           45,113

                Ohio State       37,643

                South Carolina 35,218

                Louisville         33,000

                Notre Dame     31,652

                Clemson         30,000

                Virginia Tech  30,000

                Oklahoma       29,200

                LSU                28,000

                Ole Miss         28,000

                Penn State      28,000

                Florida State   27,500

                N.C. State       27,500

                Michigan St     22,500

                Mississippi St 21,000

                Missouri          18,384

                Michigan         18,000

                Texas Tech     16,116

                USC                15,284

                Iowa State     15,000

                N. Carolina      15,000

               Oklahoma St     15,000

                Vanderbilt       14,000

                Florida            10,000