Nikki Arabie, a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is trying to get a couple of tickets to the weekend’s super regional between the Ragin’ Cajuns and LSU. But so far, no luck.
“My dad is a huge fan of LSU,” the 26-year-old junior said Wednesday. “I’d love to rub it in his face when we win.”
LSU has yet to put tickets on sale to the general public and, already, Alex Box Stadium’s seating is nearly sold out.
About 10,000 of the Box’s 10,326 seats are occupied for the best-of-three series between the Tigers (51-10) and the Cajuns (42-21).
The super regional begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Game 2 is set for 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. Sunday, and a third if-necessary game will be played Sunday at a time yet to be determined.
The winner advances to the College World Series.
The school begins selling general admission tickets at 8 a.m. Friday. Brian Broussard, LSU’s assistant athletic director overseeing ticket operations, expects to have a limited amount of standing-room-only tickets available to sell at that point.
“We’re pretty much at capacity,” Broussard said of available seats.
The school will sell about 700 standing-room-only tickets, he said. Fans are encouraged to use lsutix.net to buy the tickets, which cost $30 each.
How fast will the 700 go?
“I’m thinking of 5 minutes or less,” Broussard said.
LSU’s 9,200 season ticket holders get first option of NCAA postseason tickets. About 95 percent of them bought tickets for the super regional. That’s about 8,800 tickets.
The school sets aside 300 for LSU students, and LSU’s players and coaches are provided tickets for their families.
UL-Lafayette has purchased all of its NCAA-mandated allotment of 600 tickets to the event.
“We’ve received about 1,000 order forms for tickets with a range of 2,000 to 3,000 ticket requests,” said Matt Casbon, UL-Lafayette ticket manager.
Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation members have priority for the 600 available tickets, and Casbon said the first calls out to lucky foundation members were expected to start late Wednesday afternoon and continue Thursday.
Casbon said he’s hopeful ticket holders will have the opportunity to retrieve their tickets Friday, but as of Wednesday afternoon, those plans had not been confirmed.
UL-Lafayette students realized by Wednesday that they probably weren’t going to get tickets to the game.
Alex Martin, 20, a junior majoring in sports management, said he plans to watch it with friends on TV.
Martin and fellow fan Hunter Guidry, 21, both said they wished students had some priority for getting tickets, but they understand the seating limitations of an away game.
“I’ll watch it at home with my friends,” said Guidry, a senior majoring in business management.
“Front row seats,” Martin said.
There is a possibility more standing-room-only tickets can be sold on the day of games at the park, but that’s not likely. It is determined on the stadium’s attendance situation at first pitch.
“We expect everybody (who’s bought a ticket) to attend,” Broussard said.
About 500 standing-room-only spots are available atop the grandstands in the mezzanine area. About 100 standing-room-only spots are located on each of the walkways in-between the top and lower sections of seating down the right and left field lines.
UL-Lafayette’s visiting ticket section will be in the grandstands, Broussard said. Some LSU season ticket holders are having their seats relocated in the stadium to make room for the Cajuns fans, Broussard said.
Many times, though, visiting fans don’t buy all of their allotment.
For instance, Oklahoma two years ago purchased half of the 600 allotted tickets.
Marsha Sills contributed to this report.