LSU and the Tiger Athletic Foundation are surveying season ticket holders to gauge interest in a possible expansion of premium seating in Tiger Stadium.
The 92,400-seat on-campus stadium is routinely sold out for games against Southeastern Conference rivals, so officials have decided to look into whether there’s more demand for either club seats or suites that would hang over the stands behind the south end zone.
Associate A.D. Herb Vincent said LSU is not yet at the point of proposing a specific number of club seats or suites, or even doing feasibility studies on how such an addition would look.
“This is something that may or may not happen, but you have to start somewhere in terms of gauging the interest of fans,” Vincent said. “There might be interest, but we have to know how much people are willing to pay and how does that balance out with how much the cost would be.”
LSU is also considering adding a club lounge that would be accessible to fans in lower level seats along the east sideline.
The online survey gives season ticket holders a deadline of June 24 to qualify their level of interest in the various options at various price ranges.
The survey explains that the suite leases could range in length from five to 10 years at anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000 per year, or that leasing a club seat could run from $1,000 to $5,000 annually and that a membership pass for the proposed sideline club lounge could run between $700-$2,000.
Tiger Stadium currently has 70 suites and about 3,400 club seats below the upper decks on each sideline. Total home game revenues, including tickets, concessions and parking, routinely exceed $4 million per game.
LSU decided now was the time look into expansion because the large scoreboard above the south end zone seats is slated to be replaced in the near future, Vincent said.
“In discussing what kind of scoreboard to put there, we had to get into discussing if we would ever expand in that area,” he said.
LSU sold out all seven of its home games last season, with the largest overflow crowd of 92,969 coming in a 24-21 victory over Alabama.