When it comes to tickets to LSU football, freshmen students get the scraps. Upperclassmen and the public get the first crack, forcing freshmen to sometimes resort to scalping tickets to get entry to Tiger Stadium. A Louisiana state representative is not a fan of the current system, calling it a “crime” that freshmen students pay as much as $300 for scalped tickets.
State Rep. Terry Brown has introduced a bill that would require the LSU Board of Supervisors to offer incoming freshmen tickets to all home games.
“LSU should be ashamed of themselves for doing the students that way. It’s about fairness. All I’m asking is for those children, students who made the score to get into the flagship university, (to be) allowed the privilege of sitting in Tiger Stadium…
“Legislators are allowed to buy (tickets). Governmental officials are allowed to buy them. So why not students that attend the university?”
With a current maximum capacity of about 92,000 and with more than 30,00 students, ”the math becomes the problem here,” said LSU Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications Herb Vincent. The student section seats 14,600.
One thing that could help solve part of the problem – a planned expansion of Tiger Stadium that will push total capacity to nearly 100,000.
While the push is on expanding the availability of student tickets at LSU, Georgia recently cut its allotment of student tickets by more than 2,000.
Texas A&M reportedly has the largest percentage of student seats in a collegiate stadium. The Aggies make roughly 30,000 tickets available to students.
The news on LSU tickets comes on the same day the university has been certified by the National Center For Spectator Sports Safety and Security. The organization is attempting to set a standard for safety at sporting events. LSU is the fourth SEC school to be certified, joining Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.