Same-day Southern University, LSU opening games have fans excited

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – For the first time since 2019, Southern and LSU football teams will be played at home in Baton Rouge on the same day.

It’s been nearly two years since the Tigers and Jags played at home on the same day due to COVID-19.  The SEC played a 2020 season, but the SWAC moved their 2020 season to the spring of 2021.

As the teams gear up for their home openers, excitement on both campuses is building.

“2020 was a bad season. The virus came along, we had to shorten the season and now it’s 2021 everybody [is] excited, people talking about it, it looks the same as it looked in 2019. I’m happy, everybody else happy,” said Southern University alumnus Ronnie Washington.

Unlike 2020, tailgating is allowed and stadiums will be at 100 percent capacity.

“There’s nothing like being a student during football season. It’s a whole different ball game so I’m really excited to see what the tailgating scene is like as a student and just like hang out with my friends, get that whole experience that I’ve been looking forward to for two years now,” said LSU sophomore Collin Cedotal.

Along with the fun and excitement, there will be COVID-19 safety protocols in place at both stadiums.

All A.W. Mumford Stadium guests 12 years of age and older must wear masks/face coverings at all times unless eating or drinking. 

For all inside seating (A.W. Mumford Fieldhouse Suites and Press Box Suites), guests must show proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccination card, a photo or photocopy of a vaccination card, or verified digital proof of vaccination, including LA Wallet or another government-supported mobile app. Guests will also be required to wear a mask/face covering.

The COVID-19 protocols, along with the clear bag policy, will be in effect beginning on Saturday, Sept. 11 for the home football opener against Miles College.
  
“It’s extra work, of course, having to change up some of the things and the way we used to do it. But, man, we’re very excited, the students are very excited. I’m sure the fans are excited,” said Director of Bands Kedric Taylor.

“We’re hoping our fans will see that, see the work that the team has put in to protect their community by getting vaccinated, by going through all those rigorous policies last year,” said Crisis and Strategic Communications for LSU Athletics Cody Worsham.

LSU will require all Tiger Stadium guests 12 years of age and older to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entry. 

As the Tiger Band and Human Jukebox prepare to let the good times roll, the fans are doing their part to have fun and stay safe.

A list of vaccination sites in Louisiana is available at www.ldh.la.gov.

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