It could be a hot one: LSU urges fans to stay hydrated before, during Auburn game _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU cheerleaders warm up the fans lining Victory Hill, Saturday before the LSU-McNeese State football game at Tiger Stadium.

There’s no rain (or lightning!) forecast for Saturday, when LSU hosts SEC opponent Auburn for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff in Tiger Stadium. But LSU officials are cautioning fans to be aware of a different weather concern — the heat.

According to AccuWeather.com, temperatures around gametime will be around 93, with a heat index around 98. Conditions are expected to be sunny to partly cloudy, with humidity around 40 percent and little wind.

In a letter posted at LSUSports.net, Athletic Director Joe Alleva advises fans to stay hydrated before and during the game. He says bottled water will be for sale inside the stadium at a discounted price. But he warns that concession stands may temporarily exhaust their bottled water supply due to high demand and limited storage space.

Alleva also reminds fans that medical personnel will be on call around the stadium to help with heat-related and other medical issues.

“A quick reminder that playing a day game at home in September is not something we choose to do,” Alleva says in the letter, pointing out that conference rules require the move of at least one game to 2:30 p.m. if requested by CBS.

Another concern raised by the early kickoff is traffic and parking, Alleva says. He advises fans to arrive early and carpool if possible, predicting that all campus parking will be full before noon.

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