LSU expects to distribute a record 73,000-plus season tickets this year, and the school has already sold more than 30,000 tickets to the season-opening game against Wisconsin in Houston, said Brian Broussard, associate athletic director for ticket sales.
LSU has a 98 percent renewal rate on season tickets for this season and has 4,000-5,000 on a wait list, people who will likely find seats because of the new addition to Tiger Stadium, Broussard said.
The south end zone addition will create 5,000-plus season tickets in the suite and club levels. Those tickets are mostly sold, freeing up some regular seats for those waiting.
The school’s season-ticket record is 68,722, set last year.
The home game against Alabama on Nov. 8 is already sold out, Broussard said. The school expects the game against Ole Miss on Oct. 25 also to sell out soon.
LSU will have an official season ticket count by mid-July.
The process for season-ticket holders to relocate begins Wednesday and will last a few weeks, Broussard said.
The Tigers have about 4,000 tickets left to sell for the Aug. 30 game against Wisconsin at NRG Stadium, formerly Reliant Stadium.
The school secured 34,000 seats to sell for the game in Houston, the school’s largest out-of-state alumni base. LSU originally received just 25,000 seats. Wisconsin received 10,000 seats to sell.
The $80 million addition to Tiger Stadium is nearly sold out. Broussard expects the few remaining open tickets in the suite and club levels to be sold soon. The suite level will hold 2,000, while the club level will hold between 3,000 and 4,000, Broussard said.
The 1,500 seats atop those levels are reserved for opponents. According to Southeastern Conference policy, schools must allot 7,000 seats for visitors, 2,000 of which must be in the lower bowl, Broussard said.
LSU will move 1,500 visitor seats from the lower bowl in the south end zone to the new addition. The rest of the visitors will remain in the east side upper deck (about 4,000) and the lower bowl (about 2,000).
LSU’s latest commit to the 2014 recruiting class has enrolled in summer school.
Tight end Colin Jeter, 6-foot-6, confirmed that he’s reported to Baton Rouge and is enrolled in school.
Jeter, who spent last season playing at Kilgore College in Texas, is the 25th member of the Tigers’ 2014 class, ranked No. 2 nationally. Jeter’s arrival means that 23 of 25 recruiting class members and 10 walk-ons have reported to campus.
Jeter was offered a scholarship and committed last week while competing at LSU’s junior-college camp. He joins offensive tackle Jevonte Domond as junior-college transfers LSU has picked up over the past few weeks. Domond is expected to report in August.
Defensive tackle Travonte Valentine, a four-star signee from Miami, is finishing summer course work and plans to enroll in August.
Jeter, a two-star prospect, signed with Air Force out of Longview High in February 2013. He transferred to Kilgore about a month before the 2013 season began.
Jeter said he had offers this year from South Carolina, Central Arkansas and UT-San Antonio.