Traffic snarls, roadblocks, dead ends frustrate Tiger fans headed home _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Tiger Stadium is filled to capacity with 102,321 in attendance during the first quarter against Mississippi State, Saturday, Sept. 20, in Tiger Stadium.

LSU is not selling standing-room-only tickets for Saturday’s game against No. 4 Alabama, but that might come in future years.

The game between the No. 14 Tigers (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) and the Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1) has been sold out since the summer, and officials have turned down callers for tickets for months.

The new south end zone expansion was expected to have an overflow and standing-room-only section, but the school isn’t yet ready to sell tickets there, said Brian Broussard, LSU’s associate athletic director for ticket sales.

There is an area for an overflow section behind the 1,500 general admission seats at the top of the new addition, but the university doesn’t plan to use it for this game.

“With it being new, we didn’t want to sell anything up there,” Broussard said.

Officials are studying the specifics of the overflow section for use in future years. They’re also discussing the prospect of reducing the number of visitor tickets the school distributes, Broussard said. That could possibly give LSU fans a chance at seats in the south end zone upper deck, as well as an overflow area.

LSU distributes 7,000 tickets to visitors in three locations in Tiger Stadium: south end zone lower bowl (1,500), east side upper deck (4,000) and the complete 1,500 seats atop the south end zone addition.

Alabama is the first visiting team this season to keep its allotted 7,000 tickets, meaning Bama fans are expected to hold all of the 1,500 seats in the south end zone upper deck.

Despite the sellout, Broussard said he’s sold about two to three individual tickets to Saturday’s game over the past week. The school holds groups of seats for “contractual obligations,” Broussard said. Single tickets are sometimes not used.

“It’s sort of, if you’re lucky,” he said. “Right place, right time.”

Pricey ticket

Got $367?

That’s the cost of a ticket to the Alabama-LSU game on the secondary market, according to SeatGeek. That makes it the fourth-most in-demand game of the college football season.

It trails Alabama-Auburn ($435), Michigan-Ohio State ($406) and Michigan-Notre Dame ($393).

People won’t just be in the seats. LSU is expecting so many people on the sidelines during pregame that the school has banned live television shots from the field before kickoff.

Hill nominated for award

Former LSU running back Jeremy Hill, a rookie with the Cincinnati Bengals, is a candidate for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week award after posting his first 100-yard game in Sunday’s 33-23 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hill rushed for 154 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 60 yards on 24 attempts, is going up against Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints and LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fans can vote on the award through Thursday

Tigers 16 in CFP poll

LSU moved up three spots to No. 16 in the College Football Playoff committee’s weekly rankings. The Tigers debuted at No. 19 last week in the first rankings.

The committee releases its top 25 each Tuesday night. The top four in its final poll will play in the first College Football Playoff.

Sheldon Mickles contributed to this report.

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