Tickets sales sluggish for LSU vs. South Carolina, and 'that's a shame,' Joe Alleva says _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- As horticultural attendant foreman Reggie Miller, left, and horticultural attendant John Pfeifer, right, maintain the borderlines, LSU assistant manager of athletic facilities and grounds Hunter Sexton, center, paints the north end zone of Tiger Stadium gold Wednesday afternoon, after it was announced earlier that morning that the University of South Carolina would play their matchup with LSU at LSU following devastating flooding in the state.

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LSU’s ticket sales have fallen well below athletic director Joe Alleva’s expectations.

Alleva was hoping the Tigers would sell at least 50,000 tickets to Saturday’s impromptu game at Tiger Stadium against South Carolina. As of 3 p.m. Friday, 38,000 tickets had been sold, Alleva said on After Further Review on 104.9 FM Baton Rouge.

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. The game was relocated from Columbia to Baton Rouge because of the flooding in South Carolina.

LSU sold about 30,000 tickets to the game during a period of time when only season ticket holders and students were allowed to buy. There are 73,000 season ticket holders. About 6,000 students bought tickets during that time period. The school has sold less than 10,000 general admission tickets since they went on sale at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Already expecting low numbers, LSU is closing the south end zone upper deck and the east side upper deck for the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

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