LSU tailgating may change amid COVID-19 concerns, LSU president says


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – LSU’s campus is filling up day by day. Students just moved in and everyone’s excited to kick off the year. Especially since the SEC announced the tigers will have a football season

LSU’s first game is Sept. 26, but it’s unclear what a home football game could look like including whether fans will be able to watch, and how many would be allowed inside the stadium.

Monday morning, LSU’s interim president Tom Galligan told WRKF radio tailgating will most likely change.

“If you look around the country there’s considerations being made for lower capacities everywhere so we’re going to have to take that into effect here,” Brian Broussard, LSU’s Assistant Athletic Director, said on Aug. 2.

Galligan says LSU will remain cautious and is urging everyone who doesn’t have football tickets to not go the university to tailgate, in hopes to limit the number of people on campus.

“People are going to be obviously upset about it because that’s the whole reason they come here to tailgate on campus,” Gracie Clement said.

Students agreeing that safety should be the university’s top priority.

“As long as they keep it safe I’m fine,” Anna Brownfield said. “Maybe before [fans] go into the stadium, check their temperature to make sure they’re not sick.”

But some say it’s going to be challenging to follow all of the mitigation efforts.

“When tailgating lots of people usually cook and eat stuff so there’s probably not going to be any mask-wearing,” Alex Thibodeaux said.

For now, the countdown is on until the first game and students say whether they have to wear a mask or social distance they’re going to make the best of this situation.

For more information on the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic visit here: https://www.Lsu.Edu/roadmap/health/symptoms.Php

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