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LSU to finish stadium work delayed by hurricanes

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The renovation to Tiger Stadium at LSU, which was originally scheduled to be done for the start of the 2005 football season, will finally wrap up on June 28.

The work, which included adding 10,000 seats and 70 suites, was delayed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

When finished, the West Side Club area will be a
state-of-the-art facility and there will be a new press box and
redone parking lots, said Ron Richard, chief executive officer of
the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

The project is the biggest undertaken by the LSU Athletic
Department and the TAF, Richard said.

"In the 20 years before 2001, LSU spent $19.6 million on athletic improvements," Richard said. "Since 2001, weve spent $162 million on athletic improvements with another $42 million ahead. That means $202 million by 2008."

Other improvements in the $162 million outlay included a $2.9
million Tiger Den, the new home for mascot Mike the Tiger and
upgrades in the women's basketball teams locker room and lobby
area.

Richard said there are plans to remodel Tiger Stadium restrooms
and that the field will get new turf for the 2006 season. Recent
changes have been made to the stadium's field-drainage system.