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Fans can expect to pay to park near Tiger Stadium

Published: Sep. 2, 2011 at 12:51 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Thousands of Tiger tailgaters are headed over to inject some Cajun into cowboy country.  But when LSU has its first home game, there may be a few spicy words for the home team.

It's the party before the plays begin, the reason most fans flock to campus early on Saturdays.  But next week, depending on where you set up, you might be spending more to support the team.

Last year, LSU spokesman Herb Vincent said the athletic department lost more than $1 million due to budget cuts.

"Especially in area of clean up of campus," said Vincent.  "We try to find revenue without impacting ticket cost."

That's where the extra cost to park close comes in.  But what will the extra income be used for?

"Trying to address cleanup costs, trying to address restroom facilities need in that area," said Vincent.

In November, LSU announced a new $20 fee to park in the Old Front Nine Lot, the Levee Lot and the Hayfield Lot.  For now, they've decided to keep those lots free.

"It would be best if we did not change for those areas," said Vincent.  "Those are areas most likely to back up on game day - cause traffic congestion."

But over on the other side of Tiger Stadium - toward Highland Road it'll cost $40 to park and party.

"It'll still be first-come first-serve.  It's gonna be game-to-game paid parking this year," said Vincent.

He says they looked at other SEC schools to see what their fans were paying to park close to the stadium and determined $40 is fair.

Passes to park in the new $40 sections will go on sale next Friday.  The university says the first home game is always crowded, so if you want a good spot, get there early.

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