BATON ROUGE - When LSU opens the 2011 season against Oregon in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas, they will do so after distributing a school-record 37,000 tickets for the contest, assistant athletic director for ticket operations Brian Broussard said on Monday.
The 37,000 tickets distributed for the game to Tiger fans through the LSU ticket office is the most ever for a regular season away game for the school, surpassing the 31,000 sold for the Tulane game in New Orleans in 2007 and 25,000 for the 2010 season opener against North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Classic in Atlanta.
As a result of the 37,000 tickets being sold to season ticket holders, tickets for the Cowboys Classic game against Oregon will not go on sale to the general public through LSU, Broussard said. Broussard added that ticket requests from LSU season ticket holders for the Oregon game had already surpassed the school's allotted amount of 37,000.
"We have never seen this type of demand for a regular season game," Broussard said. "There is obviously a great deal of excitement surrounding this game and it's a tribute our passionate fan base that we were able to sell our entire allotment."
LSU football season ticket holders have until May 31 to place their ticket requests for the game. Season ticket holders can make their requests for the game by logging into their account on www.LSUtix.net and clicking on "Season Renewals."
Broussard added that LSU expects a majority of season ticket holders who placed Oregon ticket requests to receive at least some portion of their order, although limitations will most likely have to be placed on many requests. Season ticket holders will be notified via email of the status of their request no later than July 1.
Qualified full-time LSU students will also be able to request tickets to the Cowboys Classic. Students will be sent an email in May detailing the student ticket request process.
LSU was initially guaranteed a ticket allotment of approximately 24,000 for the matchup with Oregon, but vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva was able to negotiate with the promoters of the game to secure an additional allotment of nearly 13,000 tickets running the total to 37,000 tickets for the contest.
LSU opens its seventh season under Les Miles against Oregon at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in what is the premier matchup during the opening weekend of the 2011 college football season.