Toomer's Corner Gets Facelift


By Alabama News Network

Toomer's Corner in Auburn hasn't looked the same since the beloved oak trees were taken down last spring after they were poisoned following the 2010 Iron Bowl.

The school is almost ready to reveal a new facelift for the beloved corner.
It's been months since the barricades went up around Toomer's Corner on Auburn's campus. The school is just about ready to debut what they've been working on this whole time. 
It was a sad day last April when chainsaws took down the poisoned oaks. 
Since then, fans have had to be content with rolling wires above the corner after a win.
The university has been taking steps to completely redo the area for students and fans. 
"You're going to see is new pavement, new bricks, brand new circular seating wall, it's going to be expanded out a little bit so we can get more people in here to enjoy the corner," said Mike Clardy, Director of Communications.
Even though there will be a lot to see, there's one thing missing. The new trees won't make their debut until the start of next year. But a big part of the renovation is getting ready for that day. 
"What's interesting about this is what you don't see is going to make this so much different. It's what's below the ground is going to give the new trees we put in next year a fighting chance to survive. We've put in some things that let the roots grow a little easier, the soil doesn't compact," said Clardy. 
With football season just around the corner, students are looking forward to having an important part of campus back, even if it's still incomplete. 
"I'm really excited. Toomer's Corner is a trademark for Auburn. It's all about our family. I love it! It's everything to do with Auburn and it's really great to have it for football season," said student Katie Peters.
"I'm really excited that we're going to get our tradition back after it was taken from us a few year's back. I'm glad that we can bounce back from whatever people throw at us," said Trey Brooks, who is also a student.
Even though Clardy expects the new trees to be planted this coming January, he says it probably won't be for a couple of years before they're ready to be rolled.
The university expects the corner to be done by this Sunday. 


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