Get ready for a beer garden in Tiger Stadium — if the Southeastern Conference allows it.
The university has plans for an outdoor drinking area at LSU’s home stadium, athletic director Joe Alleva said on Saturday during an interview on LSU’s pregame radio show.
For now, alcohol sales are only allowed in premium seating areas, including suites and club levels, according to SEC rule. Alleva has lobbied for stadium-wide beer sales, something many project to happen in the coming years.
“We’ve got some concepts on the board to develop food courts and, maybe, even a beer garden down the road,” Alleva said. “Those kinds of things are on the horizon and will make the experience in Tiger Stadium better for everybody.”
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LSU has long supported the idea of expanded beer sales. Alleva says it will provide schools with an expanded revenue streams, could help increase attendance and could make fans less likely to drink heavily before entering stadiums and arenas.
Other changes to Tiger Stadium are scheduled for this and next offseason, as The Advocate reported last month.
LSU plans to spend the next two years creating additional restrooms and concessions while renovating and potentially expanding the existing ones. Officials are also evaluating the long-term future of the south end zone dormitories, even toying with the idea of demolishing them to provide a more “open” area to fans.
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In his eighth year as LSU’s athletic director, Alleva has reigned over the beautification and revitalization of the 92-year-old stadium.
Rusted and broken dormitory windows around Tiger Stadium have been replaced. Crews added gates and fencing around the stadium and resurfaced the exterior of the building, including the addition of purple and goal lighting.
In 2014, the program opened a new multi-million dollar south end zone section. The 320,000-square foot addition encompasses two suite levels, a club level and a 1,400-seat general admission section above the club floor. It added more than 8,000 to a capacity that now stretches to 102,321.