LSU to allow about 26,000 fans at season opener
The state of Louisiana will allow LSU’s Tiger Stadium to host fans at 25 percent capacity in the 2020 season. No tailgating will be allowed.
The stadium holds about 102,000 people, translating into an attendance cap of just less than 26,000 as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
“While this season is undoubtedly starting out differently from a normal football season, with COVID keeping all of us from celebrating together, nothing can dim the support we have for our LSU Tigers,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.
LSU, the reigning College Football Playoff champion, is scheduled to open the season at home against Mississippi State on Sept. 26.
Fans in attendance will be required to have face coverings and follow social distancing protocols.
“By all of us doing a few things differently this season, we’re going to safely play football with fans in the stands and that’s exciting for everyone who loves LSU,” athletic director Scott Woodward said Wednesday.
The decision to allow fans at LSU games comes despite Louisiana having the highest number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents of any state represented by a school in the Southeastern Conference. Louisiana has 153,433 cases since the pandemic began in the spring — 3,300.5 cases per 100,000 residents. Kentucky has the lowest rate — less than half that of Louisiana — at 1,534.33 per 100,000 residents.
The New Orleans Saints, however, will open the season without a crowd on Sunday when they host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
–Field Level Media