LSU sells school-record 74,350 season tickets

LSU sold a school-record 74,350 season tickets this year.

Now, the school turns its eye to selling out each game.

LSU sold out of season tickets for the 11th straight year, an expected move reported by The Advocate in June. The school had more than 6,000 more season tickets available with the expansion of Tiger Stadium’s south end zone.

Can the Tigers now sell out each game – or at least the Southeastern Conference duels?

Tickets remain to six of seven home games. In all of those cases, the visiting school returned a portion of its full allotment of 7,000 tickets, said Brian Broussard, associate athletic director for ticket sales.

The LSU-Alabama is the only sellout to this point. The next closest to a sellout is the Tigers’ game with Ole Miss on Oct. 25. About 1,000 tickets remain.

Mississippi State returned about 1,000 tickets Friday, Broussard said. More than 1,500 tickets remain for that meeting, set for Sept. 20. As many as 5,300 tickets remain for the Sept. 27 meeting with New Mexico State, the most of any home game.

Meanwhile, the school has 1,000 tickets remaining to sell for the season opener against Wisconsin at Houston’s NRG Stadium. LSU has sold more than 35,000 tickets to that game. It was originally allotted 25,000.

“I think we’ll be able to finish it off and sell all of them,” Broussard said.

The extra season tickets LSU sold this year are mostly premium seats in the new south end zone expansion, but about 1,200 of them are located in the lower bowl previously reserved for visitor seating.

LSU moved about 1,200 visitor seats from the lower bowl in the south end zone to the general admission seats atop the new expansion. The rest of the visitors will remain in the east side upper deck (about 4,000) and the lower bowl (about 2,000).

According to Southeastern Conference policy, schools must allot 7,000 seats for visitors, 2,000 of which must be in the lower bowl, Broussard said.

The expansion raised the seating capacity to 102,321. LSU added about 8,000 tickets for a game. That includes 3,518 in the suites and 3,000 in the club level along with another 1,400 in the general admission seats atop the club.

Not every person who wanted a season ticket got one, Broussard said. Some couldn’t get good enough locations or seats together so didn’t buy.

LSU is offering single-game tickets for home games against Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Kentucky and Ole Miss. Single-game tickets can be purchased online at www.lsutix.net.

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