LSU has yet to put tickets on sale to the general public for this weekend’s super regional against the Ragin’ Cajuns 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 Wednesday 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 five minutes or less,” Broussard said.
By Wednesday evening, online ticket outlet Stubhub.com had eight tickets available — in the outfield bleachers ranging from $299 to $587.25 each.
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.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette 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.
There is a possibility more standing-room-only tickets can be sold on the days 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.