A-Day expected to have economic impact of $1.4 million dollars - WRBL

A-Day expected to have economic impact of $1.4 million dollars

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AUBURN, Ala. -

A-Day game-goers will see extra police officers on hand Saturday in Auburn. Although the exact security plan has not been detailed, police said they are prepared for any emergency.

The Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau and businesses are also prepped for the big weekend. A-Day is expected to draw larger than normal crowds because the weekend will also be the final rolling of the Toomers Corner Oak Trees before they are removed Tuesday morning.

The two trees were poisoned in 2010 by a University of Alabama fan.

On Wednesday, many admirers were taking their final pictures of the two trees, including a fourth-generation Auburn University grad and bride-to-be. "Auburn is just a really important place to me. I grew up loving it. My grandmother was the first majorette, she's over there. So we have just always loved auburn and I wanted pictures here," Christina Adams said.

Thousands of people from California to Tennessee are expected to take part in "One Last Roll" Saturday evening around 5 PM. Twenty-five thousand tickets have already been sold for the game.

John Wild, president of the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, said hotels have been nearly sold out for the past three weeks. "I have not seen an A-Day like this in maybe 15 years," Wild said. He estimates A-Day weekend will have an economic impact of 1.4 million dollars. "We spend the most on food, go figure. We all love to go out and eat and the whole family together. Different transportation cost is usually number two, third is lodging, just retail shopping is fourth."

Restaurants and bars will be handing out commemorative cups and local shops will be selling special, limited-edition products.

Emily Ewing, store manager at Auburn Art.Com, said they will be selling commemorative T-shirts, pottery and new jewelry."…one of our artist search winners, Tabitha Penecamp, we have a commemorative beer stein that she's just doing a limited production of."

Many local shops will also be selling orange and blue toilet paper for the "One Last Roll."

The A-Day game starts at 1 PM Central Time on Saturday, Apr. 20.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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