BATON ROUGE – Members of the media got their first in-depth look at the new south endzone expansion of Tiger Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, touring the new 320,000-square foot addition with LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva.
The south endzone addition, which is scheduled to be completed on August 22, will increase the capacity of Tiger Stadium to 102,321. Among the highlights of the Tiger Stadium expansion include 66 suites, 3,000 club seats on two levels and 1,400 general public seats.
The addition will also feature two state-of-the-art high-definition video boards that each span 67-feet in height and 39-feet in width. They can easily be seen from the Mississippi River Bridge and downtown Baton Rouge. The two video boards, along with the addition of two LED ribbon boards in the south endzone, will go a long way to enhance the in-game experience for Tiger fans.
Construction on the addition started on Sept. 10, 2012 when the school broke ground on the project that is funded by the Tiger Athletic Foundation.
“It’s better than I thought it was going to be,” Alleva said. “This facility is spectacular. The architects did a great job with the design and the contractors have done a great job of building it.
“This is very exciting for our athletes and for the fans. It’s going to be a great day when we open it up. I’m really excited for our football players. We they come out of that tunnel and look up and see what is here with the fans cheering and the two new video boards in the south endzone, it will send a tingle up their spine.”
Senior associate athletic director Eddie Nunez said that signage featuring an illuminated “Welcome to Death Valley” will be featured on the south endzone fascia. Nunez also said that the two ribbon boards on the east and west façade have been updated all in an effort to boost the in-game experience for the fans.
LSU will play its first game in the expanded Tiger Stadium on Sept. 6 when the Tigers host Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.