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A Look At LSU’s Facilities

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Tiger Stadium is growing. The facility should seat around 100,000 fans in 2014. Photo by John Korduner/Getty Images.
Tiger Stadium is growing. The facility should seat around 100,000 fans in 2014. Photo by John Korduner/Getty Images.

There’s some exciting news for Tigers fans regarding their eardrum-shattering stadium.

At the beginning of the 2014 season, Tiger Stadium should seat at or near 100,000 fans. If Death Valley is able to eclipse the 100,000 mark, then it would be the eighth college football stadium in the country to hold the distinction as a mega-stadium.

Currently, a half-dozen universities claim venues with six-figure capacities. Michigan, Penn State, and Ohio State from the Big Ten all have stadiums that seat an excess of 102,000 fans. Tennessee and Alabama represent the SEC on the list, and Texas is the only representative from the Big 12.

Speaking of the Lone Star State, Texas A&M also is expanding its stadium and should seat well more than 100,000 fans in time for the start of the 2014 season. Once Texas A&M and LSU join the ranks of the mega-stadium universities, then the SEC will have four teams, half of all the mega-stadiums, with seating capacities equivalent to small cities.

LSU’s home already is considered one of, if not the loudest, stadiums in all of sports. Amazingly, Tiger Stadium opened with just 12,000 seats back in 1924. Obviously the venue has been expanded several times and recently has undergone several other upgrades to enhance the façade and atmosphere. The North Stadium Plazas and the West Stadium Plazas have been updated to include new gates, new windows and historical areas featuring LSU’s All-Americans and national championships.

LSU produces the revenue to accommodate these updates and modifications. The Tigers claim more than enough boosters to make these upgrades become reality. But in all honesty, the Tigers are just keeping up with the Joneses. Every major program in the country has elite practice facilities and weight rooms. They have meeting areas that would make any five-star resort or convention center jealous. College stadiums are getting larger and larger. They left behind their NFL brethren a long time ago.

Like nearly all the universities in the SEC and most major programs across the country, LSU boasts a Football Operations Center that is less than 10 years old. The program also enjoys indoor and outdoor practice facilities, a separate strength and conditioning center and an academic center for all student-athletes. There are separate buildings for athletics administration, squad rooms, and athletic training areas for rehab and treatment. These facilities help to ensure LSU can impress the top players in Louisiana and the country, as well as develop those athletes once they’re on campus.