LSU to open Tiger Stadium at 25 percent capacity

LSU Athletics announced Wednesday that ticketed fans will be allowed in Tiger Stadium this football season.

LSU will open the stadium with 25% capacity and plans to enact several other guidelines including banning tailgaiting, to ensure the safety of fans.

 “This plan focuses on the health and safety of all those attending LSU football games, from the fans to the team to the workers,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in a news release. “By reducing the capacity and taking a year off from tailgating, which puts LSU in line with other SEC schools, the plan allows for fans to be socially distanced in Death Valley. 

“I encourage the Tiger faithful to adhere to these guidelines and to act responsibly, as there is still a lot of COVID in Louisiana. We will continue to monitor our case counts, test positivity rate and hospitalizations and make adjustments as necessary. 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.”

In addition to the prohibition on tailgaiting, fans will be required to wear face masks on campus and in Tiger Stadium as well as physical distance themselves. 

The athletic department said these plans could change before and during the season with regards public-health guidelines

“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,” said LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward in a news realease. “Doing this safely and smartly is our shared responsibility. It’s important for this community, our school and our student-athletes. We’re in this together and we are all excited to play football in Tiger Stadium with the greatest fans in America. I want to thank Governor Edwards and his team for their strong support and guidance during this time.”

Take a look at the current Tiger Stadium policies along with ticket information here.

The Tigers' opener vs. the Mississippi State Bulldogs will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT. LSU is currently set to play a 10-game conference-only schedule will culminate with the SEC Championship Game December 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The decision to limit competition to Conference-only opponents and rescheduling the SEC Championship Game was made in response to the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic.