Monday, December 6, 2010

Auburn fans flock to stores to celebrate SEC win

Published: Sunday, December 05, 2010, 6:58 PM ??? Updated: Sunday, December 05, 2010, 7:52 PM

Riding the wave of their team's SEC championship win, Auburn fans flocked to area stores Sunday in search of souvenirs -- and a little bit of validation.?

"It's been a long time coming," said Alfred Lawrence, 40, of Irondale, as he looked through SEC Championship shirts at the Bama Fever/Tiger Pride store at the Pinnacle in Trussville.

Along with winning the championship, which it last did in 2004, Auburn cinched a spot in the Jan. 10 BCS title game against Oregon, it was announced Sunday night.

Those shirts -- $21.95 for an adult long sleeve -- were flying off the shelves all day, said store manager Aindria Snell.??About 1,500 arrived at 8 a.m. and around half had already sold by late afternoon. The store, which is usually open from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on Sundays, opened early, closed late and was packed all day.

Late afternoon, cars laden with orange flags and tiger tails dotted the parking lot as fans flooded in to stock up on the brand-new shirts and other merchandise, from pink AU license plates to tiger-striped purses. The Alabama side of the store, usually busier, was quiet, employees said. ?

"It has been wild," Snell said. ?

This story was updated at 7:50 p.m. to include official announcement of Auburn's BCS championship berth.

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