Super 7 slated to make multi-million dollar impact on Auburn-Opelika area

AUBURN, Ala. — The Super 7 Alabama state football championship games kick off Wednesday night at Jordan-Hare. Teams alternate between hitting the Auburn and Tuscaloosa fields.

Auburn first held the Super 7 back in 2010, and this is its fourth time holding it. Fourteen teams from across the state will come to Auburn for three days of play.

Ron Anders is the Auburn Director for the Super 7. He said that preparation for the event has been going on for almost a year. Anders said that the event’s success is made possible due to all the volunteers that help.

“Auburn-Opelika is a very giving community,” Anders said. “We’ve got at least 100 people that are doing this for free. They may get a shirt or a barbecue sandwich out of it. That’s about all they get. It just speaks to the charitable attitudes that the people in Auburn-Opelika carry forth.”

Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau President, John Wild said that more than 50,000 people are expected to come into Auburn for the event, and it is slated to bring in $3 million to the area.

In 2014, the hotels averaged an 85% occupancy rate during the Super 7. Wild compared this event to an Auburn football game, but said this time of year is pretty slow, and this event comes at a fantastic time.

“We really want those athletes, as well as fans, somebody potentially coming to school here in the future, but all those high school parents and students to get a good look at campus, the cities, everything we have to offer and it’s just within that football venue,” Wild said.

The event started Wednesday night with McGill-Toolen Catholic and Hoover.

Thursday: 11 a.m. Piedmont vs Mobile Christian, 3 p.m. Pickens County vs Maplesville, 7 p.m. Wenonah vs Beauregard

Friday: 11 a.m. Madison Academy vs Handley, 3 p.m. Fyffe vs Aliceville, 7 p.m. Ramsay vs Opelika.

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