BATON ROUGE, La. - The installation of new grass in the outfield and foul territories of Alex Box Stadium has been completed and the surface will be ready for the start of LSU's fall practice period on Sunday, Sept. 23.
Groundskeepers planted "celebration" Bermuda grass in the outfield and foul territories to replace the "performance" Bermuda that had been there since 2009. "Celebration" Bermuda has covered the Alex Box Stadium infield since 2010.
The completion of the project was due in large part due to the contributions of the LSU Baseball Coaches Committee, the booster club that supports the program through annual donations.
The Tigers begin their six-week, full-squad fall practice session on September 23, and it will continue through November 5. The 2013 season starts on February 15 when the Tigers play host to Maryland in Alex Box Stadium.
LSU, the reigning Southeastern Conference champion, was the No. 7 National Seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and fell just one win shy of reaching the College World Series.
The 2013 Tigers feature 20 returning lettermen, including senior outfielder Raph Rhymes, the 2012 SEC Player of the Year, senior all-SEC outfielder/first baseman Mason Katz and sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola, a 2012 first-team Freshman all-American.
The veteran players are joined by a talented class of 15 newcomers that will make an immediate impact upon the squad.