Report: Louisiana Tech expecting near-sellout crowd Saturday, including healthy showing from Southern fans _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern fans help cheer on the Jaguars to a 52-45 victory over Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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Louisiana Tech is expecting one of the largest crowds ever in Joe Aillet Stadium when Tech plays host to Southern at 6 p.m. in Saturday’s season opener, according to The News-Star newspaper.

Tech athletic director Tommy McClelland told The News-Star that a max capacity of crowd of 28,019 is possible at the recently expanded stadium. And Southern fans should make up a pretty good percentage of that — anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 fans, by McClelland’s estimate.

Meanwhile, Southern coach Dawson Odums said this week that he is well aware of the challenge of playing at Louisiana Tech.

“(Louisiana Tech is) a level up from us, and just to have the opportunity to play in that kind of environment should create some excitement and should get you ready to play,” Odums said. “I think La. Tech is a worthy opponent. They’re a good program, and you have to come in with the right mindset. I think when you do that, you give yourself a chance.”

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