BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU wants fans to pay more to see the Tigers play. University leaders say they have to increase ticket prices to stay competitive. Some fans say they're ok with it, but there are some things they want in return.
Game day at LSU is something LSU fans look forward to every week. The crowds, tailgating, football; it's all part of the purple and gold experience. Unfortunately, so is the traffic.
Parking has become a headache in itself. Since last fall, LSU has lost roughly 2,000 public parking spaces. Construction projects around campus reduce the total number of spots to just 18,000. Not many when you figure the more than 92,000 seats in Tiger Stadium are typically full. Fans are finding the spots that are open come at a cost. Some go for $50 a spot – for one game.
"We have a big tailgating group and we have one car that we pay $40 to at least have one home base. But for the average tailgater who wants to go out there and experience it, I think it's a deterrent," said LSU season ticket holder Val Generes.
Now fans face another possible hit to their wallets. For the first time since 2010, the LSU Athletic Department wants to increase the tradition fund. That translates into an increase to game tickets in certain areas of Tiger Stadium.
LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette says LSU has to raise its prices to stay competitive.
"When you look at SEC, we're in the middle of the pack. Many of SEC schools have put in a tradition fund many years ago, so we're basically just catching up so to speak," said Bonnette.
Bonnette says the increase will cover improvements inside of Tiger Stadium with more seating in the south end zone and new video boards. As for the parking and traffic situation, he says they're on it.
"We're trying to get additional free parking spots for the A&M game because that's going to be our really big crowd," said Bonnette.
Fans say they're willing to pay for an enjoyable time. "It goes toward the overall experience of Tiger fans. I think I would be for it," said LSU fan Sal Denoba.
The proposal is up for approval at the LSU Board of Supervisors meeting next Friday.