All fun must come to an end and Auburn must pay the price for its court-storming celebration following its 75-70 victory over Kentucky last Saturday.
The SEC announced, in a press release, that the school will pay a $100,000 fine for the court flooding that took place at Auburn Arena following the school’s first victory over Kentucky in 19 tries, and its first win over a ranked opponent since 2012.
It was lit. pic.twitter.com/tFC7R7aGRU
— Tom Green (@AUBlog) January 16, 2016
“While understanding the enthusiasm following an exciting victory, fans need to remain in the stands and avoid the safety concerns associated with rushing on to the playing floor,” said SEC commissioner Greg Sankey in a statement. “We want to have exciting experiences around SEC games, but also want to maintain a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, spectators and officials.”
The most recent court-storming incident is Auburn’s second offense of the rule since the conference instituted its Access to Competition Area policy in 2004. The first offense came after the 2013 Iron Bowl, otherwise known as the iconic Kick-Six game.