LSU will make nearly $9 million from its two most recently scheduled neutral site games, according to game contracts obtained by The Advocate.
ESPN will pay LSU $4 million for a game against BYU in Houston in 2017, and the Tigers will get a whopping $4.75 million from the network for the game against Miami in Arlington, Texas, in 2018.
That $4.75 million check is believed to be the most the school has received from a neutral site game. The school has played four neutral site games in the previous five seasons.
LSU made between $3 million and $3.4 million for neutral site games in 2010 (North Carolina, Atlanta), 2011 (Oregon, Arlington), 2013 (TCU, Arlington) and 2014 (Wisconsin, Houston). The Tigers are set to receive $2.1 million for their second neutral site game against Wisconsin in 2016 at Lambeau Field.
In all, LSU will play seven neutral site games in a nine-season span from 2010 to 2018. The school announced the game with BYU at NRG Stadium earlier this month. LSU announced the game against Miami, at AT&T Stadium, and a home-and-home series against Texas in October.
LSU must purchase 25,000 tickets to sell to the games against BYU and Miami. The Tigers will be the home team in each game, and Big 12 officials will be used in both, according to game contracts.
LSU will receive 5,000 tickets to the game at Texas in 2019, according to the contract between the teams. LSU hosts Texas in 2020. The host team will pay the other $500,000 each of those years. The officials in the game will be from the conference of the visiting team.
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