Maybe those notions about another major expansion of Tiger Stadium aren’t such a bad idea.
LSU announced Monday it has set another record when it comes to football season ticket sales.
The school has sold 68,772 season tickets for the 2011 campaign, topping the old record of 68,650 set the last three years.
The increase was made possible because LSU added a small number of club seats for this season, raising Tiger Stadium’s capacity from 92,400 to 92,542.
Even that is not enough to satisfy the demand for LSU football tickets. Brian Broussard, assistant athletic director for ticket operations, said in a statement that LSU will announce details later this month for ticket plans targeted in part at fans who couldn’t get season tickets.
“The demand for LSU football season tickets is stronger than ever,” Broussard said. “The requests for season tickets continue to be higher than the number of tickets that we have to offer. However, we will continue to try to find ways to help those fans who couldn’t get season tickets with mini-plans or individual game tickets.”
LSU sold 68,650 season tickets the last three years and has sold out of season tickets every year since 2004.
LSU reserves about 15,000 tickets for students and 7,000 for opposing Southeastern Conference teams.
How big a chunk of Tiger Stadium is 68,772 seats? Consider that the so-called “lower bowl” of Tiger Stadium (not including the east and west upper decks) seated 67,720 from 1953-78.
At 92,542, Tiger Stadium remains the eighth-largest on-campus stadium in college football, ranking just behind Georgia’s Sanford Stadium (92,746). LSU’s average attendance in 2010 was 92,718 for seven home games.
Coincidentally, LSU and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., now have the same exact seating capacity.
LSU opens its home schedule at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 against Northwestern State. The Tigers will play six home games in 2011, its fewest since also playing six home games in 2005.
LSU also released its preseason practice schedule Monday, running through Aug. 28.
LSU players report to West Campus Apartments starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Practice begins with two-a-day workouts Thursday - returning varsity at 9:25 a.m., freshman and selected returning players at 4:15 p.m.
The Tigers’ first full-squad practice is set for Saturday, with scrimmages taking place Aug. 13, Aug. 18 and Aug. 23.
As is customary, LSU practices are closed except to invited guests.
LSU will hold its annual media day on Aug. 9. LSU football fan day is set for Aug. 13 and will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and the Carl Maddox Field House.
The Tigers begin normal game-week preparations Aug. 29 leading up to LSU’s season opener, 7 p.m. Sept. 3 against Oregon in Arlington, Texas.
LSU coach Les Miles tweeted Monday that he has once again been invited to vote on the USA Today coaches’ poll.
“My ballot is due this afternoon with the preseason poll coming out Friday,” Miles wrote.
The Associated Press preseason media poll will be released Aug. 20.
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