Ed Orgeron won’t be the only Cajun playing a prominent role at LSU football games this season.
LSU announced new menu items for Tiger Stadium's concession stands during a media tour Thursday, and the list includes highlights such as gumbo poutine fry stak, crawfish poutine fry stak, Creole gumbo nachos and tasso white beans.
"I love it," Orgeron said. "Feed them, but don't feed them too much. If they eat too much, they won't cheer."
For those not familiar with poutine, which originated in Quebec, its base is french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. But the Louisiana spin on the dish will feature queso, chicken andouille gumbo, cheese curds, sour cream and green onion.
The new items come with renovations throughout the stadium far beyond the removal of the south end zone dorms.
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Fans can find some of their favorite food items just about anywhere, thanks to cooking capabilities added throughout the stadium.
Beer and wine are coming to the top reaches of Tiger Stadium.
The concession stands, run in coordination with Aramark, were upgraded to include 350 point-of-sale systems, which means credit cards will be accepted at most venues.
For those who purchase tickets to the new Skyline Club, the upper level of the south end zone was transformed into a premium seating area which, among other things, means alcohol will be sold there. Ticket holders can purchase domestic, premium and some craft beers, as well as wine, from Skyline Club vendors.
My experience of going to games in Tiger Stadium throughout my life has pretty much been this:
Included in the price of the ticket for the 1,500-seat section is an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes hot dogs, sliders, chips and a rotating entree and salad.
Access to the Skyline Club is via elevators; fans must have a ticket to enter and will receive a wristband upon arrival.
For fans who do not spring the extra money for premium seats, they can enjoy 34 renovated restrooms, including nine that were expanded. Renovations feature new sinks and partitions in the restrooms, among other changes.
Two restrooms were converted from women’s to men’s, with all women’s restrooms and most of the men’s featuring a baby changing station. None of the new bathrooms, however, is in the old dorm area in the south end zone.
School officials said the expanded, open-air area can be used for non-football related events but was mostly meant to provide more space for fans walking the concourse.
All of the renovations were funded by the Tiger Athletic Foundation, meaning no state dollars were used.
Tiger Stadium will also feature a new customer service hotline that remains open all week long; fans can call to share any concerns about their experience in Tiger Stadium. There will also be new customer-service kiosks around the stadium.
Tiger Stadium will still enforce its clear-bag policy with the addition of diaper bags being prohibited on game day.
LSU plans to build an exhibit to honor its bowl victories at Tiger Stadium's south end zone plaza.