Hundreds flock to get piece of history from Tiger Stadium
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU is now out of sod from Tiger Stadium. The sod became available at 4 p.m. on Dec. 2 on a first-come, first-serve basis from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Bullpen lot at Alex Box stadium.
Officials with LSU Athletics want fans to know there is no longer any sod available so they do not travel all the way to campus.
LSU gave away sod from Tiger Stadium because contractors are preparing for renovations.
Crews will be replacing the field and improving drainage in the stadium over the next several months.
You could’ve sworn it was Black Friday, as it was an absolute mad dash to get a little piece of Tiger Stadium; all the sod was gone after 20 minutes.
"Drove all the way from Central, Louisiana," said one woman.
“Lucky, blessed, because it was a fight. It was a battle,” said Laura Saloom, a Tigers fan.
Some Tigers fans were waiting since before noon.
“I got out here around 11:30 after classes, and I once I saw that people were already in line, I decided to wait it out,” said Caleb Hernandez, a Tigers fan.
“I’ve been here since 12:30, and I thought it was going to be like Black Friday, so I tried to get out here early,” said Katie Seale," another fan.
Trudy Armfield came all the way from Magnolia, Mississippi to get her sod.
“A piece of what’s been going on with 12 and 0. We love it. We love LSU,” said Armfield.
Many of the pieces of sod will be Christmas gifts for loved ones, or used for other purposes.
“This for my dad. It’s an early Christmas present. He said he’s going to walk out to his backyard when he’s drinking for an LSU game and say, ‘That’s Tiger Stadium right there,’” said Seale.
“I had a nephew that had down syndrome, passed away a few years ago. He was a big LSU fan and I want to put it on his grave,” said Erwin King, a Tigers fan.
“Thinking about getting us an LSU flag and making us a little area, and kind of symbolize to LSU this year,” said Armfield.
“I’m going to take one full slab, and unfortunately my grandfather passed away before he could see this, so I’m going to take it out to the cemetery and put it out there for him,” said Hernandez.
Many people left empty-handed though, and resorted to offering to buy sod from those who did get a piece. Some people told WAFB they were offered upwards of $40 per piece.
“I had a lot of people ask to buy it already,” said Cynthia Williamson, a Tigers fan.
Some of the lucky ones who got a piece of history were guarding it with their lives.
“So people don’t try and take it from me. We’ve already had people try and take little corners and stuff like that,” said Sydney Hogan, an LSU fan.
Currently, there’s at least one piece of sold being sold on Ebay. As of late Monday night, the current bid was $91.
Even Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards got in on the sod craze.
According to a post from Twitter, he planted a piece of the sod in the front yard of the Governors Mansion.
LSU defeated Texas A&M 50-7 on Nov. 30 in Tiger Stadium in what was the last LSU home game for many senior players, including Heisman-hopeful quarterback Joe Burrow.
WAFB’s 9Sports team will preview the next big showdown for the LSU Tigers with a 30 minute “Eye on the Title” special at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.
LSU faces the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta at 3 p.m. on Dec. 7.
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