Wednesday, April 18, 2012
LSU to propose expansion of Tiger Stadium
By Edward Aschoff
A proposal to expand LSU's Tiger Stadium will be presented to the LSU Board of Supervisors at its next meeting on April 27, athletic director Joe Alleva announced Wednesday.
A rendering of proposed changes to Tiger Stadium.
A press release through the school stated that the proposal will call for the addition of approximately 60 suites and 3,000 club seats above the existing south end zone seats. Another 1,500 general public seats above the new suite and club seating will also be proposed. There will also be a "still-to-be-determined number of standing room only tickets" made available when the new structure opens.
According to the release, the expansion will bring the capacity of Tiger Stadium to near or above 100,000.
If approved, construction will begin this fall with completion scheduled for the summer of 2014. The south end zone video board will be removed prior to the 2013 season and will be replaced with two video boards in the southwest and southeast corners of the stadium when the expansion opens for the 2014 football season.
The project will be entirely privately funded by the Tiger Athletic Foundation. The foundation will seek a $100 million bond issue to fund the end zone expansion. It will also begin to address facility needs for non-revenue sports.
“It is important to always have an eye on the future and this investment in our facilities is critical for the future of LSU Athletics,” Alleva said in a press release. “When things are going well, you can move forward or you can fall behind. We are choosing to advance the athletics program so that it can remain a viable and successful part of the mission of our university.”
The proposed project will also help fund a new tennis facility and a new gymnastics practice facility, which, according to the release, will make room for locker rooms for the track teams in the Carl Maddox Field House.