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LSU announces new stadium capacity, moves past Tide


The 2014 season is still a little bit down the road, but LSU has already “gotten over on” one of its SEC West rivals.

As the football program is in the final stages of an expansion of the south endzone, LSU announced that it has increased its stadium capacity to 102,321.  Such a capacity would push LSU past Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) and into third in the SEC behind Texas A&M’s Kyle Field (106,511) and Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium (102,455).  It also moves Tiger Stadium to sixth nationally.

(Writer’s note: that placement is based on A&M’s Kyle Field moving to No. 3 nationally and tops in the SEC once a multi-phase expansion project is completed sometime in 2015.)

Now, LSU didn’t necessarily add 10,000-ish seats during the expansion.  Instead, and in addition to the increase in seating, the program changed its accounting procedures to fall in line with how others “in its peer group” compute their numbers.

Tiger Stadium“We are listing a stadium capacity now rather than seating capacity, which is in line with what other schools in the SEC are doing,” LSU associate athletic director for tickets operations Brian Broussard said in a statement provided by the school. “The stadium capacity takes into account ancillary groups, such as media, game management and concessions staff.”

So, there’s that.

And, in totally unrelated news, the 2014 college football season will begin in earnest in 47 days with Abilene State-Georgia State on a Wednesday and a day later with Texas A&M-South Carolina in Columbia at Williams-Brice Stadium (capacity: 80,250, No. 24 in the country).

And, yes, both of those games can’t get here soon enough.

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12 Responses to “LSU announces new stadium capacity, moves past Tide”
  1. cometkazie says: Jul 12, 2014 8:33 AM

    102,456 to see the Tiger whip up on ‘Bama November 8th!

  2. drummerhoff says: Jul 12, 2014 9:00 AM

    November 8 of which year? It’s been a while since I saw LSU ‘whoop’ Bama. I would like to see it … It would be good for the SECWEST

  3. wolfman55h says: Jul 12, 2014 9:50 AM

    We have a bigger stadium. They have a better coach. Yeah that seems fair.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:12 AM

    Is this insecurity budding from the past 2-3 years of getting stomped by BAMA? Hadn’t been able to dominate on the field so gotta pack more swamp folks into the stadium to hopefully gain some momentum or an advantage?…

    Just hope they don’t change the turf..Les might have a hard time chewing on synthetic grass. LSU could always adopt a slogan such as aTm… Just have to call themselves “The 13th Man”…

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:17 AM

    Nothing better than Saturday night in Death Valley. Now with over 102k even better. Geaux.

  6. dejadoh says: Jul 12, 2014 11:15 AM

    Its no wonder why the south lost the war. They were probably inflating troop strength too, requiring 20 guys to load a weapon. Next we’ll hear about Kentucky moving a Lexington cemetery to beneath the playing field and counting those numbers too. Go Greenies!

  7. sportsfaninyyc says: Jul 12, 2014 11:55 AM

    Roll Tide!

  8. noaxetogrind says: Jul 12, 2014 1:07 PM

    @ dejadoh, Born and raised in the south but both parents were yankees so I appropriately have a respect for both lineages. That being said, cuz…I wouldn’t be too arrogant about that big win 150 years ago, because that is just about the last time the North beat the South in anything of consequence, including college football.

  9. kansacity88 says: Jul 12, 2014 4:04 PM

    ….and I’m not even a fan of most teams up north but Bama can’t be too careful either.

  10. Deb says: Jul 12, 2014 5:18 PM

    Oooh, cometkazie, Bama likes playing in Baton Rouge 😉

  11. cometkazie says: Jul 12, 2014 6:28 PM

    Deb says:
    Jul 12, 2014 5:18 PM
    Oooh, cometkazie, Bama likes playing in Baton Rouge 😉

    I know, I had season tickets for 23y and, while I saw a tie or two, no Tiger wins.

  12. wolfman55h says: Jul 12, 2014 7:49 PM

    Yeah we really gonna pack the joint playin big bad ULM. It’s going to be come LA Coliseum east.

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