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Auburn pleased with how they handled large weekend crowds

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Auburn University set a record for attendance at their A-day football game over the weekend. With more than 83,000 people in Jordan-Hare stadium, they had tens of thousands at Toomer's Corner.

Students and Auburn fans were still lingering around Toomer's Corner all day. Many took pictures. Others just watched as crews cleaned up one of the biggest celebrations ever seen at the corner.

 "We got a lot more in the stadium," said Auburn Communications Director Mike Clardy. "That translated to a lot more people at the corner. All reports I've gotten this morning were fantastic. Everything seemed to work great. I'm pretty sure everybody had a pretty good time."

The University prepared for the day just like they do football games in the fall, so they were not overwhelmed by the larger than expected crowds. But, communication within the crowd got difficult.

With tens of thousands of people at Toomer's Corner on Saturday for one last roll of the trees, it created a lot of issues with cell phones. So people couldn't send pictures or video, or sometimes even receive calls

We contacted cell phone companies about it. AT&T confirmed they had minor congestion on their network though they say it performed well in all. Verizon said some of their customers had slower data speeds. Both attributed it to the large crowds.

"Saturday we had so many thousand people here, we were trying to upload to our Facebook page, the university Facebook page and Twitter account," said Clardy. "That was not going through. It was just so much traffic that it shut it down."

With an unprecedented amount of people and large amount of toilet paper, crews used a large vacuum to be ready for the tree removal. The oaks were surrounded by thousands that loved them.

"I've never seen this many people at Toomer's Corner," Clardy said.

We will have plenty of coverage of the Toomer's corner tree removal Tuesday. It begins with live reports in News Three This Morning starting at 5 AM.

 

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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