The LSU Soccer Stadium
Photo by:Chris Parent, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
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Published: July 28, 2014, 12:00 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

LSU Soccer Stadium (2,197)

The LSU Soccer Stadium has earned a reputation as being one of the more intimidating venues for an opposing team to compete in all of college soccer. That is evident in the fact that the Tigers boast a strong 42-13-12 home record with an impressive .716 winning percentage over the last seven seasons. LSU has entered a new era of SEC soccer after winning four SEC Western Division titles with four NCAA Tournament appearances since 2007. Divisions were eliminated for the 2013 season as it marked the first season in which teams competed as one unified SEC table.

On the strength of its recent success, the LSU Soccer Stadium has received extensive renovations in recent years as the program continues its ascent to the pinnacle of the SEC and the NCAA. The venue is now a home worthy of an emerging power in women’s college soccer.

In March 2011, construction teams broke ground on Phase 2 of the renovation as $2.3 million was invested to transform the facility while creating additional seating, installing new lighting and building a new press box for the media and concession stand and restrooms for the LSU supporters to enjoy.

By adding a second level of bleacher seating to the existing structure, the official capacity of the new-look LSU Soccer Stadium has increased to 2,197, easily accommodating a fanbase that has created one of the more intimidating home-field advantages in the SEC. In addition, new gates have been built on the west side of the complex with brick columns throughout. New gating has also been installed at the top of the bleachers.

Fans attending future matches at the LSU Soccer Stadium will also benefit from the addition of the permanent concession stand located directly below the press box. With the building of two new restrooms at the facility, it now features a total of four as men’s and women’s facilities are located at both ends of the stadium.

Members of the media also enjoy a brand new press box that has been constructed to make the covering of future matches a state-of-the-art experience. Not only has the size of the press box interior increased to 333 square feet, but hard-wired internet has been installed across the work space along with a wireless internet signal that has already been accessible in recent seasons. In addition, television cameras and videographers have access to the newly-installed crow’s nest on the roof of the press box in a space that also features wired internet access.

The Tigers have been nearly unbeatable at the LSU Soccer Stadium under the direction of head coach Brian Lee as they enter the fall with a 48-15-14 home mark since 2006. The squad has only dropped 13 decisions at home in the last seven seasons as it followed an unbeaten 5-0-3 home slate in 2007 with an impressive 8-1 campaign in 2008, a 7-1-2 season in 2009, a 6-2-1 mark in 2010 and a stellar 7-1-1 season in 2011. They have logged a 5-5-3 home campaign in 2012 before a 4-3-2 mark a year ago.

In fact, LSU’s home dominance is highlighted by a school record 18-game home unbeaten streak that came to an end on Oct. 26, 2008, with a narrow 2-1 defeat to the No. 6-ranked Florida Gators.

2014 marks the 19th season in the life of the LSU Soccer Stadium, which was first opened on Sept. 13, 1996, when the Tigers hosted SEC rival Tennessee.

A new era was born in 2011 with the grand re-opening of the LSU Soccer Stadium as the Tigers set the attendance record on Sept. 9 when 2,542 supporters witnessed a 1-0 blanking of the Oregon Ducks to open the LSU Invitational. That smashed the previous attendance mark of 2,402 fans that saw the Tigers pitch a 3-0 shutout of No. 6-ranked Tennessee for the team’s first win over an opponent ranked among the Top 10 teams in the nation.

The Tigers then raised the bar again in their home opener two seasons ago when a new record of 2,624 fans turned out to witness the Tigers play visiting Rice to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 24, 2012.

In fact, the Tigers set the all-time attendance record three times during the 2007 season and finished the campaign ranked No. 10 nationally in average attendance and No. 7 in the country in average paid attendance while drawing 1,294 fans per match. LSU nearly matched that record when finishing the 2011 campaign ranked No. 17 in the nation with an average attendance of 1,174 fans in its nine matches at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

The program made history again in 2009 as the Tigers were awarded a No. 4 national seed in the NCAA Tournament and the former LSU Soccer Complex was selected as a regional host site of the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the first time, solidifying its reputation as one of the most intimidating venues in all of college soccer.

Top 10 Crowds
1. 2,624
Aug. 24, 2012 vs. Rice (Tied 1-1)
2. 2,542
Sept. 9, 2011 vs. Oregon (LSU won 1-0)
3. 2,402
Oct. 5, 2007 vs. #6 Tennessee (LSU won 3-0)
4. 2,160
Sept. 14, 2007 vs. McNeese State (LSU won 5-0)
5. 1,982
Oct. 1, 2010 vs. Alabama (Tied 0-0)
6. 1,910
Sept. 14, 2012 vs. #10 Texas A&M (Texas A&M won 1-0)
7. 1,828
Aug. 31, 2007 vs. Southern Miss (LSU won 3-0)
8. 1,689
Sept. 30, 2005 vs. Ole Miss (Ole Miss won 1-0)
9. 1,669
Sept. 13, 2006 vs. #14 Texas (Texas won 4-2)
10. 1,628
Aug. 28, 2009 vs. Southern Miss (LSU won 3-0)

Year-by-Year Records at LSU Soccer Stadium

Season
Overall Record
SEC Record
1996
4-4-0
0-4-0
1997
0-9-0
0-5-0
1998
5-5-1
2-2-0
1999
4-6-0
2-2-0
2000
7-3-0
3-2-0
2001
5-2-1
2-1-1
2002
5-2-2
0-2-2
2003
8-2-0
2-2-0
2004
6-5-0
0-4-0
2005
5-3-0
2-3-0
2006
6-2-2
3-1-2
2007
5-0-3
2-0-3
2008
8-1-0
5-1-0
2009
7-1-2
4-0-1
2010
6-2-1
3-2-1
2011
7-1-1
4-1-0
2012
5-5-3
2-4-1
2013
4-3-2
2-2-1
18 Seasons
97-56-18
38-38-12
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