BATON ROUGE – The grand opening of the new LSU Soccer Stadium this weekend is sure to highlight the festivities at the 2011 LSU Invitational as the Tigers welcome a NCAA regional caliber field to Baton Rouge for an exciting competition featuring some of the top collegiate teams from across the country.
Joining the Tigers for their much anticipated home opening weekend at the LSU Soccer Stadium are such teams as No. 13-ranked Pepperdine, No. 20-ranked Illinois and unbeaten Oregon.
Friday's double header will feature a Top 20 clash between Illinois and Pepperdine that is slated to kick at 5 p.m. CDT before the Tigers take on the Ducks in their 2011 home opener at 7:30 p.m. The action is sure to heat up Sunday as Illinois and Oregon will meet at 10:30 a.m. followed by a regionally-televised match between LSU and Pepperdine that kicks off at 1:07 p.m. on Cox Sports Television.
Fans will also have the opportunity to "Geaux Free!" to each of the team's nine home matches this fall, as admission is now free at the LSU Soccer Stadium, compliments of The Advocate.
Friday's grand opening of the LSU Soccer Stadium features a 10-minute fireworks show that fans, players and coaches are sure to enjoy following the conclusion of the nightcap between the Tigers and Ducks.
LSU's home opener against Oregon is also the first Student Point Match of its home slate as a tremendous student turnout is expected at the LSU Soccer Stadium. The first 500 fans entering the stadium receive the free "Goal Getter" t-shirt, compliments of the LSU Marketing & Promotions Department.
Friday is also Baton Rouge Soccer Association Night and Gonzales Soccer Club Night at the LSU Soccer Stadium as each organization is sure to turn out in full force to support the Tigers on Friday night.
Fans are also welcome to join the Tigers for an exciting Sunday match with Pepperdine as part of Military Service & Law Enforcement Day at the LSU Soccer Stadium. During the halftime break, members of the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement and Fire & Rescue Department are to be recognized while remembering the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, and the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Halftime of Sunday's match will also feature a performance by the LSU ROTC. The first 250 fans to head through the gates will also receive a free LSU Soccer Koozie.
Fans are sure to enjoy home soccer matches like never before as the LSU Soccer Stadium received a total facelift during the offseason with the building of additional seating, new lighting, a brand new concession stand and new restrooms to give the Tigers one of the finest facilities in the SEC.
By adding a second level of bleacher seating to the existing structure, the official capacity of the new-look LSU Soccer Stadium increases to 2,197 easily accommodate a fanbase that has helped to create one of the more intimidating home-field advantages in the SEC.
In addition, new entry gates have been built on the west side of the LSU Soccer Stadium, as well as brand new brick columns around the facility. New gating has also been installed across the top of the bleachers.