Auburn football fans won’t be able to roll new Toomer’s Corner trees in 2017

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football fans will still be able to roll parts of Toomer’s Corner in 2017, but it won’t be on the two new landmark oak trees.

Auburn University announced Thursday afternoon the rolling tradition has been moved from the new Auburn Oaks to seven adjacent trees at the corner of College Street and Magnolia Avenue.

One oak and two magnolias in front of Biggin Hall and four oaks on College Street will be available to roll. The university has also asked fans not to roll the 10 new oak trees between the corner and Samford Hall.

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“The new Auburn Oaks are healthy but fragile, requiring intense monitoring and care as they become established,” arborist Alex Hedgepath said in the university’s release. “They are smaller than the previous trees and have a diameter of 11-12 inches and a height of 30-35 feet. They are taking root better and should establish quicker because they are slightly smaller.”

Here is a map of the available trees to roll from the university:

The two new Auburn Oaks are the second sets of replacements for the original ones, which were poisoned in 2011 by Alabama fan Harvey Updyke. Last September, a fire set by Jochen Wiest damaged one of the trees, requiring a new replacement.

Auburn football opens the 2017 season next Saturday, Sept. 2, against Georgia Southern. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network. The Tigers are heavy favorites in the matchup against the Sun Belt program, so the newly configured rolling setup should be utilized in a matter of days.

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