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LSU Shows Off The Future Of Tiger Stadium

LSU is one of several SEC schools — Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, etc — in the middle or at the beginning of a stadium renovation project.  In the case of Tiger Stadium, yet another expansion is on the way, this one in the South end zone.

Yesterday, LSU released a 3D rendering of what the new 100,000+ seat arena will look like when the new addition is finished:

 

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Once complete, Tiger Stadium will join Neyland Stadium (Tennessee) and Bryant-Denny Stadium (LSU) as the biggest in the SEC.  Kyle Field at Texas A&M is scheduled to be the biggest in the SEC (102,500) when its expansion is complete in August 2015, though we’d bet that Tennessee officials will re-jigger the seat layout at Neyland in order to add 50-100 more… and reclaim the “biggest stadium in the South” title.

LSU’s project is expected to be completed by next season.

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LSU 34 – Texas A&M 10 (Video)

Video highlights of the LSU 34-10 victory over Texas A&M Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

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LSU 48 – Furman 16 (Video)

Video highlights of the LSU 48-16 victory over Furman Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

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LSU A.D. Alleva Confirms Talks With Wisconsin About Lambeau Game

lambeau2Over the weekend, word leaked out of the Wisconsin camp that the Badgers were interested in locking up a neutral site game against LSU.  The neutral site?  The Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field… which isn’t exactly neutral.

Earlier this week, LSU AD Joe Alleva admitted that his school is in discussions with Badger brass about the matchup:

 

“We’re still in the preliminary stages of talking to them.  It’s too early.  There’s too many things to consider.  The biggest thing to consider is the value of playing a game that far away versus the value of playing a game in Tiger Stadium.  That’s what it comes down to.

From a recruiting standpoint it’s a great game to tell kids you are going to play in Lambeau Field.  But Wisconsin is a long way away…

The novelty of playing at Lambeau is great, but there’s a whole lot of things to weigh.  The financial things.  We’ll see.”

 

Alleva said the schools are actually talking about playing two games against one another — one at Lambeau and one in Houston.

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Do Freshmen Students Have Football Ticket Rights? Louisiana Legislator Wants To Make It Law

ticketsWhen 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.

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LSU Blasts Washington, Kentucky Gets A Win At Home

LSU 41 – Washington 3

1. Tigers offense rolls up 437 yards while the defense limits the Huskies to just 183.

2. LSU hounds Huskies QB Keith Price – four sacks and seven hurries.

3. Zach Mettenberger 12-of-18 throwing – receivers drop five balls.

4. From a Supreme Court justice to Shaq – celebrity sightings at Tiger Stadium.

LSU Video Highlights

Kentucky 47 – Kent State 14

5. Kentucky wins its seventh straight home opener in front of the smallest crowd since 1996.

6. Joker Phillips on attendance: ”We’ve got to put a better product on the field than we have in the past and they’ll come.”

7. 11 catches for 100 yards for wide receiver Aaron Boyd.

8. 27 plays gained at least seven yards.

Kentucky Video Highlights

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LSU-North Texas On As Scheduled

You’ve probably heard this by now, but I don’t think we’ve posted it officially — LSU’s home game against North Texas will go on as scheduled tomorrow in Baton Rouge.  Hurricane Isaac battered the area, but LSU AD Joe Alleva said yesterday afternoon that the show must go on:

 

“Our options are limited as far as opportunities to play this game and there was minimal damage to the stadium, so we are proceeding with the season opener on Saturday night.  We understand there are portions of the state that are still recovering from the storm and there may be some fans that cannot, for various reasons, make it to Tiger Stadium. We wish those people and everyone adversely affected by the storm our best wishes for a full recovery.”

 

The damage to the stadium was described as “minimal” water damage in the pressbox and Stadium Club areas.

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WOW Morning Headlines – 8/31/12

LSU’s game with N. Texas going on as scheduled despite “minimal damage” to Tiger Stadium
LSU’s leading rusher — Michael Ford — has been cleared to play
Missouri AD Mike Alden gets two-year contract extension
Tennessee opens the season against NC State tonight at 7:30 in Atlanta
South Carolina eeks past Vanderbilt 17-13 Thursday night in Nashville
Steve Spurrier on Vandy: “They don’t have any slow dudes like they used to.”
Keep up with SEC news on MrSEC.com and twitter.com/mrsec

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LSU Goes Disco With New Tiger Stadium Lights

Well that’s eye-catching.

LSU has created a gold-purple-gold lighting scheme for the exterior of Tiger Stadium and it looks straight out of 1977.

Don’t get me wrong, I like it.  But it does bring to mind the dance floors from “Saturday Night Fever.”  Or an ELO concert.

Or maybe the final scene from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new lights are part of a larger renovation project at Tiger Stadium.  Shine a little love, indeed.

 

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SEC Headlines 6/16/2012

1. Unlimited texting and phone calls – now available to a college coach near you.

2. Reaction from Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin: ”There are some cases where you’re going to turn off a lot of players and then there are others who will like it. It will depend on who you’re recruiting.”

3. Missouri basketball coaches like the new NCAA rules allowing more structured workouts in the summer.  “It’s phenomenal,” associate coach Tim Fuller said.

4. Florida basketball will open its season against Georgetown on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

5. “The possibility of four games on naval ships next season exposes the lack of leadership at the top of college basketball.”

6. Why the next few days are critical for former Florida gator Bradley Beal.

7. 18 months later, Harvey Updyke is going to trial next week.

8. Memorial service for former Auburn player Ladarious Phillips.

9. Kevin Sumlin likes having Kliff Kingsbury in charge of the Aggies offense.  ”He’s a student of the game and he’s one hell of a quarterback coach. We’re fortunate to have him.”

10. Mark Bradley: “The governing body of intercollegiate sports runs the playoff for every intercollegiate sport at every level — except for big-time football…”

11. Alabama trustees approve and name  the $2.8 million Champions Plaza.

12. Reverberations felt from Robert Nkemdiche’s decision to go to Clemson: Alabama recruiting options along the defensive line. LSU explores its options.

13. Tiger Stadium is getting a makeover.

14. When it comes to Georgia’s most important games in 2012 - Tennessee comes in at No. 7.

15. Former Tennessee players recall their days with Phillip Fulmer. Al Wilson: “We all believed in Coach Fulmer.”

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