One quarter full: Governor unveils his plan for LSU football in Tiger Stadium

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BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 25: A general view of LSU Tigers fans before the Tigers take on the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WGNO) – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards disputed that he is in disagreement with LSU officials over the number of fans that will be allowed to attend LSU football games in the 2020 season due to Covid 19.

Edwards said he expects Tiger Stadium to be at 25 percent capacity this fall. And, he said his reasoning is in line with other SEC schools who have made similar announcements.

LSU athletics announced on September 9 that the Tiger Stadium will host 25 percent of their capacity for the 2020 football season, alongside no tailgating.

 “By reducing the capacity and taking a year off from tailgating, which puts LSU in line with other SEC schools, the plan allows for fans to be socially distanced in Death Valley. I encourage the Tiger faithful to adhere to these guidelines and to act responsibly, as there is still a lot of COVID in Louisiana. We will continue to monitor our case counts, test positivity rate and hospitalizations and make adjustments as necessary. While this season is undoubtedly starting out differently from a normal football season, with COVID keeping all of us from celebrating together, nothing can dim the support we have for our LSU Tigers,” said Edwards.

The following is the 2020 Tiger Stadium Plans and Policies:

Fan attendance goals for the 2020 football season

  • Provide a safe experience for student-athletes, staff and fans.
  • Comply with state and CDC guidelines for opening Tiger Stadium.
  • Comply with NCAA and SEC fan health and safety guidelines.
  • Follow achievable health recommendations from CDC, WHO and other health authorities.
  • Implement a comprehensive plan to accommodate maximum permitted stadium capacity.

2020 Tiger Stadium Capacity and Ticketing

  • Tiger Stadium capacity will be limited to 25% for the start of the 2020 season. The LSU Athletic Ticket office will work to seat singles and groups of up to approximately 8 people as close to their original seat locations as possible.
  • LSU Athletics anticipates all ticketholders who opted in for the 2020 season will get at least a portion of their ticket allocation.
  • 2020 season ticketholders should expect their total allotment of tickets to be reduced in order to ensure a maximum number of ticketholders can attend games in 2020. The LSU Athletic Ticket office will be in touch about next steps in the distribution process.
  • Ticketholders who want to opt out of their 2020 season tickets can do so via a form that will be emailed from the LSU Ticket Office this week.The deadline to opt out is Friday, September 11.
  • All tickets will be mobile. Fans should access their account on or from the new LSU Sports Mobile App.
  • Mobile tickets will be distributed the week of each game to accommodate any changes in schedule or capacity.
  • At this time single-game tickets will not be available.

Student Tickets

  • LSU Athletics and LSU Student Government are coordinating ticket plans and will be in contact with students via email with details.
  • Students will be able to enter through any gate.
  • Student section will remain in the north end zone.
  • Students will be grouped with assigned seating for physical distancing.

Fan Safety Precautions

  • Fans who might be sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact a physician.
  • Face masks covering the nose and mouth are required on campus and inside Tiger Stadium. Face masks may be temporarily removed while consuming food and beverages.
  • Face shields should only be worn in combination with a face mask.
  • Physical distancing will be mandatory in all areas.
  • Fans must follow all safety and health guidelines as indicated by on-premise signage at Tiger Stadium.
  • Fans are not permitted to smoke or vape on LSU campus.
  • Fans with medical issues of concern as listed by the CDC are encouraged to enjoy games on television from home this season.
  • Fans are asked to reduce what they bring to Tiger Stadium to minimize contact points and bag searches. Geaux Safe and other in-stadium policies remain in place for 2020.
  • All transactions will be cashless. Cash to credit kiosks will be available.

Enhanced Sanitation and Cleaning Protocols

  • All industry-standard ICS cleaning and disinfection best practices for seating, concourses, restrooms and other areas of the stadium have been implemented.
  • Staff have completed a top-to-bottom deep cleaning and sanitation of Tiger Stadium.
  • Restrooms will be regularly disinfected.
  • Additional staff will be on site dedicated solely to cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at all levels and at concession stands and bathrooms.
  • Hand-washing stations have been installed around Tiger Stadium.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at Tiger Stadium.

Physical Distancing

  • The Tiger Stadium footprint will be expanded to allow for physical distancing and additional entry gates.
  • Fans should maintain 6-feet of physical distancing at all times.
  • Elevator use will be limited capacity and restricted to immediate family units. Fans who need to use elevators are encouraged to arrive early.
  • Physical distancing will be enforced at all gates, concessions stands, restrooms and merchandise stands. Concession stands and bathrooms that cannot accommodate physical distancing in lines will be closed.
  • Fans will be encouraged to use stairs and ramps rather than elevators when possible.
  • Staff will monitor lines for restrooms for physical distancing.

Entry Gates and New Stadium Footprint

  • Face masks covering nose and mouth are required in Tiger Stadium.
  • New ticket gate layout will accommodate queuing with 6-feet social distancing and additional entry gates will be added. Ticketed fans can enter through any gate.
  • New entry procedures and protocols will be detailed at a later date.
  • Via fencing, the Tiger Stadium footprint is being expanded for physical distancing. Only ticketed fans will be permitted inside the fenced perimeter which will include the PMAC and portions of North Stadium Drive.
  • Clear Bag Policy remains in place, though fans are encouraged not to bring bags into the stadium. Bag checks will be very limited, and times of entry increased for those fans who bring bags into the stadium.
  • Medical bag checks will be at Southwest gate and gates 9 and 10.
  • Fans are encouraged to review Geaux Safe policies for Tiger Stadium.

Tailgating & Campus Closures

  • Tailgating will not be permitted on LSU’s campus in 2020.
    • Prohibited items:
      • Trailers
      • Tents/Canopies/Structures of any kind
      • Displays – decorations, lights, etc.
      • Bars and any communal food/beverage
      • Coolers
      • Catering or Food Sales
      • Tables and chairs
      • Grills or any portable cooking mechanism
      • Generators
      • Fencing/Flooring
      • Televisions
      • Portable Audio Systems (setups and outside of vehicles)
    • Fans can gather with household members or a small group with whom they traveled in the same vehicle.  Congregations of multiple groups and families will be prohibited.
  • Face masks are required on campus, especially when it is not possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • All campus buildings will be closed.
  • Bathrooms on campus will be closed. Porta-potties will be limited.

Parking Lots & Shuttles

  • All lots, including free lots, will require a parking permit. The LSU Athletic Ticket Office will contact ticketholders with details on parking passes.
  • Lots not in use on gameday will be closed and barricaded.
  • Lot assignments will be adjusted to consolidate parking close to Tiger Stadium.
  • Lots will open 4 hours before game time.
  • Shuttles will not be made available at this time.
  • For the 2020 season, ADA Parking will be accommodated in the Nicholson Gateway Parking Garage.

Motor home/RV Overnight Parking

  • Overnight parking for motor homes/RVs will be accommodated in lot 412 only.
  • Social gatherings, RV hopping and tailgating will not be permitted in overnight parking.
  • Overnight parking will open at 6 pm on Fridays for motor homes and RVs only.
  • Fans are asked to gather only with their travel party and within the footprint of their motor homes or RV.
  • The LSU Athletic Ticket office will be in contact with motor home and RV parking permit holders with more details.

Pre-Game Events

  • Ordinarily scheduled events that will not be held in 2020 include:
    • Tiger Walk down “Victory Hill” including band and team walk
    • TAF pregame tailgate held inside the PMAC for TAF members and guests
    • National L Club pregame tailgate
    • Nicholson Gateway Fan Fest

Concessions and Merchandise

  • All transactions will be cashless. Cash to credit machines will be available.
  • Fans will be permitted to bring one 32 ounce or smaller factory sealed bottle of water allowed into Tiger Stadium.
  • Limited concession stands will be open. Concession stands that cannot accommodate physical distancing in lines will be closed.
  • Concession stands will offer a simplified menu with only pre-packaged items to minimize contact with food and decrease transaction times.
  • Pre-packaged condiments will be provided to fans.
  • There will be no self-service buffets in premium areas. Staff will serve fans.
  • Additional vending machines will be installed throughout the stadium.
  • Refill stations have been disabled. Fans will receive refills from the concession stand.
  • Fans can locate open concession stands with the new LSU Sports Mobile App.

Premium Areas – Suites

  • “Suite hopping” will be prohibited 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in each suite.
  • Suite menus will be adjusted for “grab-and-go” items.
  • No live LSU game feed on televisions during game on common area televisions.
  • All common area furniture will be removed.

Premium Areas – Club Spaces

  • Physical distancing will be accommodated at all served buffet and beverage lines.
  • Sneeze guards have been installed at buffets. 
  • Staff will serve guests at buffets.
  • Disinfectant teams will be periodically cleaning throughout club spaces.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout club spaces.
  • Food and drink must be consumed in seating area and will be served in to go boxes.

Band and Cheer

  • Per SEC policy, bands will be restricted from performing on the field before games and at halftime.
  • Visiting team bands and spirit squads will not be permitted in Tiger Stadium.
  • On-field performances, presentations and recognitions shall be prohibited including, but not limited to, sponsor and donor recognitions and athletic department student-athlete and team recognitions.
  • The Tiger Marching Band will not “step off” at the Greek Theater.
  • The Tiger Marching Band size will be reduced for physical distancing.
  • The band will not perform along North Stadium for the Tiger Walk or at the PMAC.

Ticketholders who want to opt out of their 2020 season tickets can do so via a form available by the LSU Ticket Office. The deadline to opt out is September 11.


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