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Mike the Tiger mascot runs with the Eye of the Tiger flag before the first half of the LSU Alabama football game Saturday Nov. 5, 2016, in Tiger Stadium.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG

LSU is on pace for a sellout Saturday, and you might recognize a few visiting fans in some unusual places at Tiger Stadium.

The 16th-ranked Tigers (6-3, 4-2 Southeastern) host No. 21 Florida (7-2, 5-2) in a relocated game that will kick off at noon on the SEC Network. About 500 tickets remain to LSU’s unscheduled fifth SEC home game of the season, said Brian Broussard, in charge of ticket sales and operations at LSU.

The two teams were originally scheduled to meet on Oct. 8 in Gainesville, Florida, but the projected path of Hurricane Matthew postponed the event. After terse negotiations among the SEC, Florida and LSU, Gators officials agreed to travel to Baton Rouge. The Tigers will play at Florida in both 2017 and 2018.

Florida and LSU both bought out of contracts with non-conference schools originally scheduled for Saturday – South Alabama for LSU and Presbyterian for Florida.

Tickets purchased through LSU for the South Alabama game, including season tickets and all parking passes, will be recognized for the game against Florida, Broussard said. However, there are about 1,000 tickets that South Alabama sold to its fans for the game. Those tickets are not valid, Broussard said.

“Some of those tickets are in people’s hands. That’s where we may have problems,” Broussard said. “We’re trying to stress to fans that. We’re trying to get the word out more and more."

Fans should only purchase tickets at the LSU ticket office or on StubHub, the school's secondary ticket marketplace.

LSU allotted 4,500 tickets to Florida, about 2,000 less than the school normally allots to visiting fans.

“That’s all they wanted,” Broussard said. “We could have done more. If they really wanted (the normal amount SEC teams receive), we would have been struggling.”


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Already, the school scrambled to get an extra 500 seats in the lower bowl for Florida fans, adhering to an SEC-wide agreement that road teams receive 2,000 lower-bowl tickets. South Alabama received only 1,500 tickets in the lower bowl, Broussard said.

About 100 Florida fans will be located in the north end zone, under the scoreboard and near the LSU student section. Another 300, roughly, will be located adjacent to the normal visiting section in the lower bowl of the south end zone. The other 1,500 will reside in the normal visiting section.

As for bowl tickets, LSU will post this week request forms for season ticket holders, as it does every year. The request will include all eight to nine bowl games that could extend invitations to LSU, including the Sugar Bowl, Broussard said.

Season ticket holders will have until Nov. 30 to complete the request forms.

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