The No. 6 Auburn Tigers handed No. 1 Alabama their first loss of the season and locked up the SEC West, but it’s going to cost them. The SEC announced this evening that a $250,000 bill would accompany the field storming that followed the 26-14 win.
If that seems steep, it’s because it’s Auburn’s third violation of the conference’s “Access to Competition Area Policy.”
Their first hit, a $50,000 knock, came after the infamous “Kick Six” in the 2013 Iron Bowl (totally worth it, in my opinion).
The Tigers were then hit with a whopping $100,000 fine for their court rush after beating No. 14 Kentucky in basketball last year.
They didn’t seem too upset by it, though.
It looks as though the bushes at Jordan-Hare Stadium may have been the hardest hit in the whole affair.
Here’s the full release:
AUBURN FINED FOR VIOLATION OF ACCESS TO COMPETITION AREA POLICY
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Nov. 25, 2017) – The Southeastern Conference announced today that Auburn University will be fined for a violation of the league’s access to competition area policy, due to fans entering the field following its football game against the University of Alabama on November 25.
Auburn will incur a fine of $250,000 for its third offense under the Conference’s policy prohibiting fan access to competition area, which went into effect on December 1, 2004. Auburn was last fined for a violation following its men’s basketball game against Kentucky in 2016 and was also fined following its football game against Alabama in 2013.
“The Conference has unanimously approved a policy requiring fines be applied when spectators enter the playing field after a game,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Fans are expected to remain in the stands and avoid the safety concerns associated with rushing on to the playing field. We want exciting experiences around SEC games, but also seek to maintain a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, spectators and officials.”
The policy states that “access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy.”
Financial penalties, which were increased by action taken during the 2015 SEC Spring Meetings, are imposed for violations in all sports sponsored by the Conference. Institutional penalties range from $50,000 for a first offense to fines of up to $100,000 for a second offense and up to $250,000 for a third and subsequent offenses.