LSU fans flock to tailgating, despite new fees

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Tailgaters were out in full force Saturday for LSU's home opening game against Northwestern State, despite some new parking regulations.

Parking attendant Audrey Casey said fans were unhappy, but they were behaving.

"Some people are taking it well," Casey explained. "Some are upset. They're just going to have to get used to it."

They will have to get accustomed to paying a $40 fee to park in the prime parking spots on the interior of campus. Season ticket holder Dane Durand heads into town from Lafayette every weekend just to tailgate. He said he is not a huge fan of having to spend even more money on his trips this year.

"We brought a trailer and a truck," Durand said. "We got $50 for the trailer, $40 for the truck, so that's $90. If we do that every game, I mean, I'm a season ticket holder, so I feel like I pay enough."

Malcolm Alexander, an 18-year season ticket holder, is worried these fees will keep families from coming on campus and change the map of tailgating.

"Normally, this time of day, this place would be full and as you can see, it's wide open," Alexander said.

He said the parking lines were quick and easy, but added he is not confident the smooth sailing will last long.

"I worry about what's going to happen for the, you know, like for the Florida game and the bigger games, logistically, just coming through and the stalling of traffic," Alexander added. "And, people want to turn around who don't know. I just see a logistical nightmare."

While some Tiger fans worry about logistics, everyone seemed worried about the strain this might put on their budget. Some said they hope the university comes to some sort of compromise. Alexander believes there are better ways for the university to make money during football season.

"Let people who go to the game pay, I guess. I don't mind. I'll pay more, " Alexander said.

You have several options to make sure you aren't caught in those long lines later on this football season: get to campus early or purchase an overnight parking pass the day before the game.

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