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Tiger Stadium getting… bigger?

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As if it needed to be any more intimidating, LSU’s Tiger Stadium will be getting additional seating in its south end zone to push total capacity near 100,000.

The Louisiana State Bond Commission approved the renovations, which total $75 million, on Thursday. Construction is set to begin this fall and should be completed by 2014.

The new plans include adding 60 suites, approximately 3,000 club seats and general seating for up to another 1,500 people above the existing south end zone. Two new video boards will be inserted as well.

The additional seating will put LSU just behind Alabama and Tennessee in largest SEC football stadiums.

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28 Responses to “Tiger Stadium getting… bigger?”
  1. lovegirlrocks says: Jul 20, 2012 8:32 AM

    Wow that’s big.They shouldn’t spend $75 million or whatever

  2. 700levelvet says: Jul 20, 2012 8:40 AM

    Good things happen when Morris Claiborne aces the wonderlic……

  3. rcbn says: Jul 20, 2012 8:50 AM

    100,000? That is one big Bowl of Louisiana Gumbo!

  4. kozbee says: Jul 20, 2012 9:33 AM

    It gets to big,the swamp just might swollow it up.LSU has a great fan base there and willing to fill it up every game.Great stadium,i was there a few times with friends.Don`t know if it was more fun seeing the games or eating the fine foods in the parking lot.Why not just shoot for 110,000 seats..

  5. blueinok says: Jul 20, 2012 9:56 AM

    But still not the Big House!

  6. texasbornlsufan says: Jul 20, 2012 11:10 AM

    @ blueinok

    But still not the Big House!

    Yea it just the we WIN HOUSE !!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. ukeone says: Jul 20, 2012 12:01 PM

    The BIGGER they get, the HARDER they WILL fall! You can bank on it!

  8. neovenator250 says: Jul 20, 2012 4:25 PM

    GEAUX TIGERS! Can’t wait for vengeance on Nov. 3rd

  9. blueinok says: Jul 20, 2012 6:14 PM

    Texas Born – we might have had a few down years, but I believe that we still hold the title for highest winning percentage.

  10. cometkazie says: Jul 20, 2012 8:14 PM

    Time was people like sitting in the South End Zone as you didn’t have to get dressed up like those who sat on the sidelines.

    I had 20+ wonderful years, well, mostly wonderful, with tickets there, but I can’t say that I miss it. The game has changed to be a social event.

  11. southernpatriots says: Jul 20, 2012 8:56 PM

    cometkazie: The game has always been a social event for our family. All the family, even those in Texas, Georgia, Florida, etc. would all return home and have a huge feast or tailgating and visit with all our friends and a few fans of the opponents, who then became lifelong friends.

    blueinok: Contact your AD and ask for a home and home meeting with us. We have tried to get the game from this end but we need some support up there to make this work. Let’s see if we can get night at both The Big House and at LSU Death Valley, maybe for 2015, and 2016. We should have the 100,000 seating by that time.

    All fans and non-fans should always know that all funds to add on to Tiger Stadium will come from fans and boosters and from self-generated funds. The LSU football program according to Forbes is up at the top surpassing Penn State after the recent scandal, though some tens of millions still behind Texas. LSU football generates the funds to completely underwrite all women’s sports, and all other sports except basketball and baseball. Then LSU football gives millions to the general fund of LSU each year.

  12. cometkazie says: Jul 20, 2012 9:14 PM

    SP: I never particularly cared for the tail gating altho I did it as a friend of mine from work did it with a bunch of friends from NO. I had to get their early to get a parking place by the Cooperative Extension Service lot catty-corner from the Parker Center.

    My first game at Tiger Stadium was in 1958 and day games there have always seemed strange. I let my tickets go when Curley was coach and haven’t looked back.

  13. cometkazie says: Jul 20, 2012 9:24 PM

    PS: I stopped going to football games about the time I started officiating track and field. 20+y of football then 20y of track and field, in the shadow of Tiger Stadium. Great experiences, both.

  14. suprmous says: Jul 21, 2012 5:01 AM

    southernpatriots, I’ve still gotta find a way to meet you when I get back. And once again thanks for bein who you are and you should have an idea of what I’m speakin of. I do preciate you and the kindness you’ve shown.

  15. 35longmiles says: Jul 21, 2012 7:57 AM

    So what, UM has signed a home and home with FAU. Now they get to travel to an actual stadium

    SUCK IT UM

  16. pdcooper08 says: Jul 21, 2012 8:15 AM

    I’m going to be in NO Sept 8th and will be attending my first LSU and SEC game.

    Looking forward to joining in on the pre-game tailgating and hanging with the LSU fans. It should be an awesome experience. I’m looking forward to being in the stadium and getting the true fell of SEC football.

    Hope UW can represent and keep it close.

  17. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 21, 2012 10:16 AM

    pdcooper08:

    You will have a great time…but a friendlly word of warning…don’t go in with a chip on your shoulder or overage of UW attire. Be ready to hear, “Tiger Bait!” and once fans realize you are friendly and engage them in conversation, you will be a family friend for life and enjoy the best food and camaraderie! Best to you and all UW fans coming for that game.

    We are looking forward to see our first pro-style QB and a more balanced offense run as well as our seasoned OL, tandem of RBs, and of course Tyrann and his crew on the D.

  18. southernpatriots says: Jul 21, 2012 10:44 AM

    cometkazie:

    1958? Now you are in my age range. I used to attend all the games but it is not as easy as it used to be. I remember tailgating near the Ag Center as well, now we have a good location (usually!?) near Mike the Tigers area. (I used to call it a “cage” but it is not a cage any longer, it is now a huge “environment.” ha!) …and you had to remind me about Curly? ugh. At that time I gave transferred my season tickets to the younger generation. We both (along with tens of thousands of other fans) were apparently disenchanted with Curly’s coaching. Day games are really strange (I truly do not like CBS, Fox, etc. changing the times of games to accommodate THEIR tv schedules)…my whole day gets discombobulated, the local Baton Rouge businesses are affected negatively and it just messes up the whole region.

    suprmous: Keep the faith. Keep on keeping on. There are truly alot of great people (even fans of other SEC teams out there) and of course at least a few jerks. Enjoy the good folks and ignore the jerks, when and if possible.

    I am on my way to Houston to visit a young patient who had sickle cell and now has also been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Your prayers are appreciated for M…as well as for the victims (and their families) of the massacre in Aurora, CO. What a tragedy.

  19. cometkazie says: Jul 21, 2012 11:24 AM

    southernpatriots says:
    Jul 21, 2012 10:44 AM
    cometkazie:

    1958? Now you are in my age range. I used to attend all the games but it is not as easy as it used to be. I remember tailgating near the Ag Center as well, now we have a good location (usually!?) near Mike the Tigers area. (I used to call it a “cage” but it is not a cage any longer, it is now a huge “environment.” ha!) …and you had to remind me about Curly? ugh. At that time I gave transferred my season tickets to the younger generation. We both (along with tens of thousands of other fans) were apparently disenchanted with Curly’s coaching. Day games are really strange (I truly do not like CBS, Fox, etc. changing the times of games to accommodate THEIR tv schedules)…my whole day gets discombobulated, the local Baton Rouge businesses are affected negatively and it just messes up the whole region.
    +=+=+=+=+

    Amen and Gerry wasn’t much better. Neither has been particularly successful on the field since.

    I would have loved to go to a couple of games each year. There is nothing like being there, but the costs are going thru the roof and you never know what time they are going to play. Tradition is out the window. Used to be the game started at 7:30 and was finished by 10:00.

    I really enjoyed the twenty-odd years I went and saw some really memorable games, but the last several years it became a chore. I really loved my involvement with the track team. Lolo is the first person I’ve know to appear on Time’s cover. I knew Donovan Bailey, too, but he only appeared on Sports Illustrated. He was a raker for the jumps pits.

  20. southernpatriots says: Jul 21, 2012 12:06 PM

    cometkazie:

    Your involvement with the LSU track team during its Renaissance and Title domination had to be a great joy for you and wonderful memories.

    I still go to some games each year, I will hope to make one of the first three which are scheduled to be at night unless the tv suits once again change the schedule to an afternoon game. The old joke was that anytime the suits wanted Notre Dame as a night game and also wanted LSU that Saturday, no matter how pitiful ND was, they would schedule them for the night game and change LSU’s game, sometimes with just a few days notice.

    I attended numerous track meets when Pat Henry was the coach. I was so upset when the nutty state law was coming into effect (70 max. for all state employees) and Pat was going to be “retired,” They did the same thing to my friend, Professor Dr. Harry Williams, renowned history professor and best selling author. They retired him and he passed just a few months later (like Bear Bryant). It makes me angry to think about those forced retirements, so Pat goes to A&M and makes them the best program in the nation. Stupid law, stupid, stupid.

  21. cometkazie says: Jul 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    Pat was born in 1951 so he wasn’t anywhere near retirement age. He was at the point where winning national championships was expected and not doing so was tantamount to losing.

    I understand that there was/is a certain amount of bad blood between Pat and the woman who was coach at Texas, and at least part of the motivation in going to the Aggies was to be in a position to beat her.

    Now he is back in the SEC.

    Pat’s son was at the same high school as my step-son. Both were on the football team, so I knew Gail and he from that, too. Nice people.

    One of the really nice things about officiating was we were up close and personal with top notch athletes and facilitated the competition. There wasn’t much publicity about it, but the young man who came in second to Bolt in 2008 was a recently graduated LSU

  22. cometkazie says: Jul 21, 2012 2:44 PM

    Sorry, I hit the wrong key.

    LSU kid running for Trinidad. He got a silver for the 4×100, also.

    We passed around his medals at our annual meeting. When I thanked him for it, he told me “You and people like you made these medals possible.” I will never forget that. Needless to say, he is a very nice young man.

  23. southernpatriots says: Jul 21, 2012 5:44 PM

    Reading your posting about the kid from Trinidad brought tears to my eyes. What a great experience. What a great memory. I knew you have such by being on the coaching team with Pat.

    Knew a little about the bad blood with Texas coach but thought Pat was older than he was….ha! (don’t tell him that!) I know he wanted to face her and her team since he KNEW he could beat her! (and he did, and did, and did, and did…ha.) I think most of his goals have been met. He is a legend, at LSU, at A&M, anywhere. I sure wish he was back at LSU. Taking nothing from Bernie Moore but Pat is the best ever!

    I was in Jamaica each of the last 3 years. Each year I was blessed to see Bolt run, visited the area where he was born and raised (mountain country, center island) and met numerous of his relatives and friends. Saw him run. I thought I had seen the fastest runners such as Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, etc. but Bolt ran better than anyone I have seen to date.

    His relatives think it is a combination of genetics, childhood training running up and down the mountains near his home (his family was very poor and he was the “gopher” and tended the animals for neighbors) and then recognized and professionally trained as he grew older.

    I have several dear friends who are now practicing in North Augusta, and Aiken areas of South Carolina who are hall of fame Gamecocks and played v. Billy Cannon. I was able to re-unite the former competitors a year ago. Cannon is now the head of medical services at Angola State Penitentiary under Warden Burl Cain, another dear friend. The stories they tell about how football was played back then, I wonder how any of them came out alive by the end of the game! ha.

    Well, I am packing for the trip to Houston and maybe a trip from their to Cleveland Clinic, St. Louis Children’s or the Cedars-Sinai dependent upon who has room and welcomes the new patient. I wish I did not have to fly because TSA has made a bad joke of airport security all over the country.

  24. pdcooper08 says: Jul 21, 2012 7:05 PM

    Alligatoersnapper: Thanks for the heads up and the insight of what’s to come. Not a problem for me. I am not a Huskies fan and won’t be representing them. I am actually a USC and a Pac12 fan and am hoping UW plays well enough to keep it respectful. They are representing the West coast.

    My passion is college football, therefore I make it a point to go to as many games as possible each year. I just happen to be in NO that week end and can catch the game. Hopefully this won’t be my last stop at a SEC venue.

    I collect college T-shirt from which ever game I attend, so I’ll probably be wearing a Tiger shirt and blending in with the crowd. Thanks again

  25. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 21, 2012 8:23 PM

    pdcooper08:

    A USC fan? Now that is great! I wish somehow you could have two jerseys to wear, one over the other and have USC jersey and pass by the tailgating area and be friendly to the tailgaters there and get to sample some of the best food you ever ate at a tailgate! They will share anything they have, just tell them it is your first time at Tiger Stadium. I greatly recommend you try any kind of shrimp, or crawfish etoufee, shrimp or seafood creole, any seafood gumbo, and if southernpatriots is cooking there, some tri-tips or Cajun steaks….ooooh weee! LSU fans might offer you a big trade for your USC shirt. Most would really want to be in position at end of the year to play USC for all the marbles.

    Since you will be in New Orleans, I will give you the advice southernpatriots gives me each time I go:

    “Eat where the locals eat
    ….and the local eat everywhere!” ha.

    Great places to eat include: Commander’s Palace, Restaurant R’evolution, Willie Mae’s Scotch House for fried chicken and other lunch dishes; Dooky Chase’s (telephone to see if they are open or put in your order ahead), K-Paul’s and for lunch specials of various Cajun and Greek country cooking–Mena’s.

    If you go out at night, be careful. A few weeks ago there were 8 high end autos stolen along a French Quarter street. When the police investigated all the cars that were stolen had the keys in the ignition!

    I will be working on a turn-over (double shift) that weekend, so I will not be able to travel to the game, but I wish you the very best in your travels and visit to N’Awlins and Baton Rouge. Bring alot of film or high capacity digital card, you will be sure to have alot of good photos and stories to share when it is over!

  26. pdcooper08 says: Jul 21, 2012 10:07 PM

    alligatorsnapper: Awesome, that’s the Southern hospitality I know. Thank you so much. I will take you up on all your tips and will just have to bring my SC shirt for that trade in.

    I play well with others, so it shouldn’t be a problem being nice and getting to know the folks. I mean hell, when I go to South bend, I have the best time with there fans, and you know how we dislike each others teams.

    We have a long road to travel, as well as your team, but that would be an awesome match up at the end of the year. I’m all for that game.

    My wife and I and another couple will be in NO headed on a cruise the following day, so we won’t have to worry about a car. We will have two nights in the French quarters, I haven’t been their since my last college game back in 87. I’m sure it’s changed. I will try to stay away from those Hurricanes this time.

    Anyway, to bad we couldn’t hook up, your working a double, sounds familiar, what kinda of work you into?

  27. cometkazie says: Jul 22, 2012 9:39 AM

    Isn’t it nice to have a pleasant conversation without the negatives jumping in?

  28. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    pdcooper08:

    I work in a crude oil refinery, one of the biggest now since expansion, in the U.S. I was recently “promoted” to “Supervisory status” which means to me since Spring that I am the fall back guy when anyone is absent and that I have to work all change-overs and turn-overs while my old position we just alternated, working every 4th one. A little extra pay but my bones and muscles are talking to me that it may not be worth it….ha!

    cometkazie:

    The end of this thread is a pleasant conversation. This thread began with some partisan non LSU (likely rival SEC fans, usually AL fans) posting snide remarks and others giving thumbs down. On another thread I was reading recently, it was a long one with all positives for everyone’s comments then someone remarked that they had never seen that before, not even on the PFT side and almost immediately several thumbs downs were posted for every blogger’s comments. Is that human nature or juveniles?

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