Posted by Chip Patterson
LSU has received a unanimous approval from the Tiger Athletic Foundation to expand Tiger Stadium, according to athletic director Joe Alleva.
Alleva told the The Advocate the plans to enclose the South end zone upper deck still need the approval from the Board of Supervisors and Board of Regents, but the school's Vice Chancellor explained that "the ball is rolling."
The project, which would add 6,940 seats to Tiger Stadium's current capacity of 99,500, calls for the building of a free standing structure to connect the East and West upper decks. The structure would include a 1,500 seat upper deck on top of a club level and two levels of suites.
Sounds expensive, right? Not too hefty for the Tiger Athletic Foundation. The TAF currently plans to pay for the construction and use proceeds from the suite and ticket sales to "retire the debt." The two levels of luxury will include 60 different suites, each with room for 24 guests to enjoy LSU football.
The increased capacity would make Tiger Stadium the third largest in the SEC behind Tennessee's Neyland Stadium (102,455) and Alabama's Bryant Denny Stadium (101,821). Closing in the stadium will also give LSU an opportunity to remove the existing scoreboard and replace it with two video boards in either corner and above the South end zone stands.
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