Tennessee plays at Auburn for first time in 1974

Tennessee plays at Auburn for first time in 1974

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Tennessee plays at Auburn for first time in 1974

The Montgomery Advertiser, Sept. 28, 1974

Auburn and Tennessee have played 52 times in a series that kicked off in Birmingham, Ala., on November 10, 1900.

The Vols and Tigers played annually from 1956-1991 until SEC divisional play launched and ended the annual series as the conference split into Eastern and Western divisions.

History was made in the 26th meeting of the series when Auburn hosted Tennessee on campus for the first time ever on Sept. 28, 1974.

The Vols played Auburn’s home games 13 times at Legion Field in Birmingham before ever playing at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Legion Field’s stadium capacity was 68,821 in 1974 and Jordan-Hare Stadium expanded from 44,500 to 61,261 in 1970. Stadium expansion was a selling point in having not only Tennessee, but other rivals eventually playing on Auburn’s campus rather than neutral sites.

Traveling to Auburn and capacity of other stadiums during the first half of the 20th century were reasons why Auburn played home games away from campus. Auburn first hosted Georgia on campus in 1960. Auburn played Georgia Tech on campus in 1896, 1898-1899, and 1904 and did not host the Yellow Jackets in Auburn again until 1970. Auburn did not play Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium until 1989.

Here is a look at the lead up to the 1974 Tennessee and Auburn game first played at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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