A look at some of the issues concerning the move of Saturday’s LSU-South Carolina game in Tiger Stadium:
When is kickoff?
2:30 p.m. Saturday.
How will tickets be distributed?
Because this is still technically South Carolina’s home game, the contest cannot be included in LSU’s season ticket packages. LSU has sold 20,000 tickets as of Wednesday night.
Tiger Den Suite and Stadium Club season ticket holders can buy tickets for their normal ticket locations at LSUTix.net, where they must complete the ticket application for the South Carolina game. Season ticket holders outside suite and club areas can purchase tickets based on their LSU Priority Point ranking but are not guaranteed their regular seat locations. Full-time LSU students can purchase one ticket by logging on to LSUSports.net/studenttickets. This will be general admission seating only.
Deadline to order these tickets is 5 p.m. Thursday.
Any remaining tickets in non-premium seating areas will go on sale at 6 p.m. Thursday at LSUTix.net.
All tickets will be emailed as “print at home” tickets attached to the email in a PDF document. Fans will bring these tickets to be scanned at the gates like regular tickets.
What will tickets cost?
Tiger Den Suite and Stadium Club seats are $100 ($75 ticket, $25 food/beverage fee). Lower bowl sideline and upper deck chairback seats are $75. Lower bowl end zone seats are $60. Upper deck bench seats are $40, while LSU student tickets are $5.
What about parking?
Use your parking pass for the Western Kentucky game on Oct. 24 (gray pass, No. 5 in the parking booklet). Save the pass to re-use for the WKU game.
Gameday cash parking lots ($40) and free parking areas will also be available. Visit LSUSports.net/parking for information.
What network will the game be on?
It will be shown on one of the ESPN networks or the SEC Network, but that won’t be determined until Thursday.
When LSU and South Carolina play again in 2020, will that game be moved from Baton Rouge to Columbia?
No. LSU’s rotation of SEC East Division opponents will go on as scheduled. The reasons for moving the game to Baton Rouge are regrettable, but not to the extent LSU will be penalized with a five-road game SEC schedule in 2020.
What ultimately forced South Carolina to move this game?
With the game fast approaching, school officials couldn’t guarantee they would have enough police and medical personnel and other staff required to adequately support the game because of flooding damage elsewhere in the state of South Carolina and the Columbia area. Another major concern was the uncertainty of the quality of the drinking water at Williams-Brice Stadium because of damage to the city’s main water treatment plant and numerous water main breaks.
Will this game be a big financial boost for LSU, helping make up for the canceled McNeese State game in September?
Not really. Because this is South Carolina’s home game, South Carolina will keep ticket and revenue. LSU is reimbursed for the cost of putting on the game — about $500,000-600,000 — but is planning to donate some concession revenue to South Carolina as well. Athletic director Joe Alleva said he hopes LSU will break even from the game.
Speaking of concessions …
LSU will allow fans to bring one bottle of water per person into the game because of concerns about adequate staffing of concession stands.
Can you make a donation to South Carolina flood relief at the game?
Yes. Representatives from the American Red Cross will be stationed at gates entering Tiger Stadium.