Only 25% at Tiger Stadium “sucks” for fans
BATON ROUGE -- Thanks to COVID-19, LSU’s Tiger Stadium will “suck” for the die hard fans that are used to invading the more than 102,000 seat venue.
That’s because the university and the Southeastern Conference have agreed to allow only 25 percent capacity at home games this season.
That means that 76,500 rabid LSU Tiger supporters will have to view game on their televisions rather than seeing the action live and in person.
The decision to reduce the amount of fans that can be present during an LSU game came from what public health officials recommended.
Just who will get the tickets to the games? That is a question that includes a number of factors.
First and foremost, LSU must allow visiting teams access to 500 tickets. The remaining 25,000 tickets will go to season ticket holders, students, and those allocated to coaches and players.
LSU gave its season ticket holders the opportunity to opt out of this season and hold on to their tickets for the 2021 season. So far, 63% of those ticket holders have taken that option. The deadline to opt out was this past Friday.
Estimating how many tickets will be available for the September 26 home game against Mississippi State will be difficult for Brian Broussard, LSU’s assistant athletics director over ticket operations.
“Obviously if you have two tickets,” he added, “your chances of getting two are better obviously than if you have 10 in getting all 10.”
“We’re asking for a little patience,” Broussard continued, “because we’re working through everything.”
One other caveat that fans are not going to like, there will be no tailgating allowed before games. Also, there will be no alcohol sold at the stadium for the first game.