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Tiger Stadium (LSU)
Location  West Stadium Road Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70893  United States
Owner  Louisiana State University
Operator  LSU Athletics Department
Capacity  12,000 (1924–1930) 22,000 (1931–1935) 30,000 (1936) 46,000 (1937–1952) 67,720 (1953–1961) 67,508 (1962–1965) 67,510 (1966–1973) 67,720 (1974–1976) 67,744 (1977) 76,092 (1978–1983) 76,869 (1984–1985) 77,542 (1986) 78,882 (1987) 80,140 (1988–1992) 80,150 (1993) 79,940 (1994–1999) 91,600 (2000–2004) 92,300 (2005) 92,400 (2006–2010) 92,542 (2011–2013) 102,321 (2014–present)
Record attendance  102,321 (Four times, most recently October 17, 2015 vs Florida)
Surface  Celebration Bermuda Grass

Tiger Stadium, popularly known as Death Valley, is an outdoor stadium located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the campus of Louisiana State University. It is the home stadium of the LSU Tigers football team. Prior to 1924, LSU played its home games at State Field, which was located on the old LSU campus in Downtown Baton Rouge.


Tiger Stadium opened with a capacity of 12,000 in 1924. Renovations and expansions have brought the stadium's current capacity to 102,321, making it the third largest stadium in the SEC, sixth largest stadium in the NCAA and the seventh largest stadium in the world. When filled to capacity, Tiger Stadium ranks as the fifth largest "city" by population in the state of Louisiana.


Tiger Stadium is well known nationally for having among the best game day atmospheres in college football as well as being one of the most difficult places for an opposing team to play.

Despite being 14–2 at Tiger Stadium, famed Alabama head coach Bear Bryant once remarked that "Baton Rouge happens to be the worst place in the world for a visiting team. It's like being inside a drum." In 2001, ESPN sideline reporter Adrian Karsten said, "Death Valley in Baton Rouge is the loudest stadium I've ever been in." In 2002, (Ohio) coach Terry Hoeppner said of Tiger Stadium, "That's as exciting an environment as you can have ... we had communication problems we haven't had at Michigan and Ohio State." In 2003, ESPN's Chris Fowler called LSU his favorite game day experience. In 2009 former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee stated on Sean Hannity's Fox News show that "Unfair is playing LSU on a Saturday night in Baton Rouge."

Survey after survey has concluded that Tiger Stadium is the most difficult place for a visiting team to play, including surveys by the College Football Association in 1987, The Sporting News in 1989, Gannett News Service in 1995, and Sport Magazine in 1998. More recently, in 2007, ESPN named Tiger Stadium "the scariest place to play", saying that "Tiger Stadium is, by far, the loudest stadium in the country."

In 2009, ESPN writer Chris Low listed Tiger Stadium's Saturday night atmosphere as unsurpassed in the country, ranking it No. 1 out of the conference's 12 stadiums. In 2016, Tiger Stadium was again ranked No. 1 out of the conference's 14 stadiums by USA Today writers Laken Litman & Steven Ruiz.

LSU prefers night games in Tiger Stadium with its opponents, but television coverage requires that many contests be played in the afternoons. The university is conflicted between maximizing its potential to win and needed advertising revenues from television coverage. As explained by Chet Hilburn in The Mystique of Tiger Stadium: 25 Greatest Games: The Ascension of LSU Football, "The Tigers are apt to win more games at night in Tiger Stadium but the university takes in much more revenue for a day game televised by CBS because of the Southeastern Conference contract with the network is so lucrative."

In 2008, as Alabama narrowly defeated LSU, Wright Thompson of ESPN.com described Tiger Stadium as "the best place in the world to watch a sporting event."

In 2013, the NCAA ranked Tiger Stadium as the loudest stadium in all of college football.

In 2014, the No. 3-ranked Ole Miss Rebels played the No. 24-ranked LSU Tigers on October 25. After the Tigers held the Rebels to only 7 points in a 10–7 victory, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace stated, "It's a crazy atmosphere. This is the craziest place I've played."

Construction and stadium capacity

With an official seating capacity of 102,321, Tiger Stadium is the ninth-largest stadium in the world by capacity. It is the sixth-largest stadium in the NCAA and the third-largest in the Southeastern Conference, behind Kyle Field at Texas A&M University (106,511 in 2014, 102,512 in 2015) and Neyland Stadium at Tennessee (102,455).

The stadium opened in 1924 and originally seated 12,000—the lower half of the current facility's grandstands on the east and west sidelines. In 1931, 10,000 seats were added to the existing grandstands.

In 1936 capacity was more than doubled with 24,000 seats in the north end zone, turning the stadium into a horseshoe. Money was not allocated in the state budget for the seating expansion, but money was allocated for dormitories. According to local legend, Governor Huey P. Long, who had always taken a personal interest in LSU, ordered that dormitories be built in the stadium, with seating above the student living quarters. However, in a 2015 ESPN story, Bud Johnson, at the time director of LSU's athletics museum and also a former LSU sports information director, said that the idea actually came from LSU's athletic director T. P. "Skipper" Heard, while "the governor helped in other ways." Until the late 1980s, the West, North and South Stadium dormitories were featured as part of student housing at LSU, and the football team even lived in them during the 1986 season while the athletic dormitory was being renovated. The dormitories were later converted to office space for Athletic Department staff and faculty and studios for the College of Art & Design's Fine Arts graduate students, but by 2015 were no longer used.

More than 21,000 seats were added in the south end zone in 1953, turning the stadium into a 67,720-seat bowl. Unlike the existing stadium structure, they were double-decked in order to fit within the space provided. The first of the two upper decks was added to the west side of the stadium in 1978 to bring capacity to approximately 78,000.

The stadium was upgraded multiple times in the 1980s beginning with replacement of bench seats with chair back seats and waterproofing of the east and west stands in 1985. The playing surface was moved 11 feet to the south to center the field in 1986. The north and south ends of the stadium were waterproofed and chair back seats added in 1987 to bring those sections up to date with the 1985 improvements. Also in 1987 the press box was redecorated, a few more seats were installed at the upper portion of the west lower stands, and all seating within the stadium was renumbered using a uniform seat-width. By the end of the 1980s the stadium held 80,150 spectators.

The official capacity of the stadium was lowered to 80,000 in 1994 when a section of seating was removed for renovations to the visiting team locker room. The east upper deck seating 11,600 was completed in 2000 and brought total capacity to 91,600. The west upper deck was torn down at the end of the 2004 season, and construction began on "The Stadium Club". The new suites contain over 3,200 special amenity seats as well as a state-of-the-art press box. The "Paul Manasseh Press Box" has been named for and dedicated to the memory of the long-time and popular sports information director. Construction on this addition was scheduled to be completed by the beginning of September 2005, but delayed due to Hurricane Katrina. Construction was completed for the 2006 season, bringing the stadium's capacity to 92,400. A small number of club seats were added before the 2011 season, increasing the capacity to 92,542.

During construction on the west side, a then-record-breaking crowd of 92,664 fans packed Tiger Stadium in a game against Auburn on October 22, 2005, as LSU defeated Auburn in overtime, 20–17. On October 6, 2007, a new record was recorded when 92,910 fans watched as the number 1-ranked Tigers defeated the number 9 Florida Gators, 28–24. A record-breaking attendance of 93,039 was again set on November 8, 2008, when number 1 Alabama defeated (16) LSU in overtime 27-21. The record was breached yet again on October 10, 2009 when the #1 ranked Florida Gators came into Tiger Stadium and defeated (4) LSU 13-3. The attendance was 93,129. The old capacity record of 93,374 was set on November 3, 2012 when (5) LSU lost to (1) Alabama 21-17, and the current record of 101,194 was set on September 13, 2014 when (10) LSU defeated Louisiana–Monroe 31-0.

On April 27, 2012, the LSU Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of an $80 million south end-zone upper deck expansion that added 70 "Tiger Den" suites, over 3,000 club seats and 1,500+ general public seats to bring the total capacity of Tiger Stadium to 102,321, making it the sixth-largest college football stadium in the country. Construction began on October 17, 2012, and was completed by the summer of 2014. The project was privately funded by Tiger Athletic Foundation.

Notable events

Tiger Stadium was the site of the legendary "Earthquake Game" against Auburn in 1988. LSU won the game, 7-6, when quarterback Tommy Hodson completed a game-winning touchdown pass to running back Eddie Fuller in the waning seconds of the game. The crowd reaction registered as a legitimate earthquake on the seismograph in the Louisiana Geological Survey office on campus.

Other famous moments:

  • Billy Cannon's Halloween Run on a punt-return for a touchdown in 1959 when #1-ranked LSU scored late and stopped (3) Ole Miss at the goaline to win by a score of 7-3.
  • The last-second Bert Jones touchdown pass in 1972 against Ole Miss. LSU was down 16–10 with four seconds left in the game when Jones made an incomplete pass. At the end of the play, fans looked at the clock which surprisingly showed one second remaining. LSU used the last second of the game for a touchdown pass from Bert Jones to Brad Davis. According to Ole Miss lore, a sign was put up at the Louisiana–Mississippi border reading "You are now entering Louisiana. Set your clocks back four seconds."; and
  • On October 11, 1997, (14) LSU upset (1) Florida with a 28–21 victory.
  • Tiger Stadium first opened its gates to fans in the fall of 1924 as LSU hosted Tulane in the season finale. Since the first game in Tiger Stadium, LSU has gone on to post a 354-138-18 (.716) mark in Death Valley. Moreover, Tiger Stadium is also known for night games, an idea that was first introduced in 1931 against Spring Hill (a 35-0 LSU victory). In 2006, LSU celebrated its 75th year of playing night football in Tiger Stadium. LSU has played the majority of its games at night and the Tigers have fared much better under the lights than during the day. Since 1960, LSU is 201–59–3 (.773) at night in Tiger Stadium compared to a 20–22–3 (.476) record during the day over that span. LSU lost its first Saturday night game since 2009 against Alabama on Saturday November 3, 2012.

    Entertainment at Tiger Stadium

  • Since 2010, Bayou Country Superfest is held each Memorial Day weekend.
  • On May 22, 2015, Taylor Swift brought The 1989 World Tour to Tiger Stadium.
  • 1920s

  • November 27, 1924: LSU played its first game in Tiger Stadium versus Tulane losing 13-0.
  • 1930s–1960s

  • October 3, 1931: Tiger Stadium's first night game; LSU defeated Spring Hill 35-0.
  • November 1, 1958: LSU's 14-0 victory over Ole Miss vaulted the Tigers into the top spot in the major wire service polls.
  • November 8, 1958: In their home finale, the Tigers crushed Duke 50-18. Road victories over Mississippi State and Tulane clinched the school's first national championship, and LSU finished 11-0 with a 7-0 triumph over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.
  • October 31, 1959: Billy Cannon returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown as LSU downed undefeated Ole Miss, 7-3. Cannon was also the lead tackler on a goal-line stand in the game's final minute, when three Tigers stopped Rebel quarterback Doug Elmore inches shy of the goal line.
  • November 8, 1969: LSU coach Charles McClendon defeated Alabama coach Bear Bryant for the first time.
  • 1970s

  • December 5, 1970: The Tigers took out two years of frustration against Ole Miss and quarterback Archie Manning, crushing the Rebels 61–17 to win the SEC championship. Manning was sacked late in the second quarter by LSU defensive tackle Ronnie Estay for a safety to give the Tigers a 23–10 lead. LSU returned three punts for touchdowns, two by All-American Tommy Casanova.
  • November 20, 1971: The Tigers avenged a prior year loss by defeating Notre Dame 28–8 in the first Irish visit to Baton Rouge.
  • November 4, 1972: Bert Jones made a last-second touchdown pass to Brad Davis, giving LSU a comeback victory against Ole Miss, 17–16.
  • November 22, 1973: In a battle of 9–0 teams, No. 2 Alabama defeated No. 7 LSU 21–7 in a nationally televised Thanksgiving night tilt. The Crimson Tide finished the regular season 11–0 and won the UPI national championship, but lost the AP crown by dropping a 24–23 nail-biter to Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.
  • December 7, 1974: Delaware defeated UNLV 49–11 in the first of two Division II Grantland Rice Bowl games played at the stadium.
  • December 6, 1975: Western Kentucky defeated New Hampshire 14–3 in the second and last Division II Grantland Rice Bowl game played at the stadium.
  • September 11, 1976: LSU played No. 1 Nebraska, led by future NFL quarterback Vince Ferragamo, to a 6–6 tie. The Tigers missed an opportunity to win when Mike Conway's 44-yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds sailed wide.
  • September 24, 1977: LSU posted its most one-sided victory in Tiger Stadium, obliterating Rice 77–0.
  • October 22, 1977: Charles Alexander set school records with 237 yards rushing and five touchdowns in a 56–17 rout of Oregon, which was under the leadership of new coach Rich Brooks.
  • September 29 and November 10, 1979: LSU lost two games to top-ranked teams, 17–12 to Southern California and 3–0 to Alabama, in coach Charles McClendon's final season.
  • November 17, 1979: In McClendon's final home game, LSU defeated Mississippi State 21–3. "Cholly Mac" retired after the Tigers defeated Wake Forest 34–10 in the Tangerine Bowl, with a 137–59–7 record.
  • 1980s–1990s

  • November 20, 1982: With a thick fog enveloping the playing surface, the Tigers crushed Florida State 55-21 to earn their first Orange Bowl berth since 1973. As time wound down, oranges rained down from the stands. ABC Sports and FSU wanted LSU to move the game to a noon kickoff so the game could be televised, but LSU refused, infuriating Seminole athletic director Hootie Ingram and coach Bobby Bowden.
  • November 27, 1982: LSU suffered one of its most inexplicable losses, dropping a 31-28 decision to 28-point underdog Tulane, which came in 3-7 and had already announced it was firing coach Vince Gibson. It was the Green Wave's third victory in four seasons in the series, and first in Baton Rouge since 1948. To date, it is Tulane's most recent victory over LSU, although the series has not been played on an annual basis since 1994.
  • September 26, 1987: In a daytime game which was nationally televised by CBS, LSU and Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State played to a 13-13 tie. It was the last tie game in Tiger Stadium, a record which will stand unless the NCAA deletes overtime from its rules.
  • October 8, 1988: In "The Earthquake Game", Tigers beat Auburn 7-6 on a touchdown pass from Tommy Hodson to Eddie Fuller with under two minutes to play. LSU and Auburn shared the SEC championship, but Auburn was invited to the Sugar Bowl due to a higher ranking in the polls.
  • October 9, 1993: Tigers suffered their worst loss in 100 seasons of football, 58-3 to Florida.
  • October 11, 1997: Unbeaten and ranked #1, Florida lost to LSU 28-21. This marked the first time in Tiger Stadium history that the goal posts were pulled down. This was also the first time in history that LSU had beaten a #1 team.
  • November 13, 1999: The Tigers were humiliated 20-7 by a Houston squad which would finish in the middle of the pack in Conference USA. Two days later, LSU fired coach Gerry DiNardo, paving the way for the Tigers' renaissance under Nick Saban.
  • 2000s

  • September 30, 2000: The goalposts were torn down again after LSU defeated No. 7 Tennessee in overtime, 38-31.
  • November 4, 2000: LSU beat Alabama for the first time in Tiger Stadium in 31 years (1969). The goalposts were pulled down again, but have not been touched since this game.
  • December 1, 2001: LSU defeated Auburn 27-14 to clinch the SEC West division championship and its first berth in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn was penalized before the game for jumping on the Eye of the Tiger decoration at midfield. Kicking off from the 50-yard line, LSU successfully executed an onside kick and scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive. The game was originally scheduled for September 15, but was postponed by the September 11 attacks.
  • September 4, 2004: The start of LSU's season opener vs. Oregon State was delayed by severe thunderstorms. The defending national champion Tigers escaped 22-21 in the nationally televised contest when Beaver kicker Alexis Serna missed three extra points, the last in overtime. Serna recovered from the horrendous night to win the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top collegiate placekicker in 2005.
  • September 3, 2005: The Tigers' scheduled season opener vs. North Texas was postponed to October 29 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  • September 10, 2005: The Tigers' scheduled home game vs. Arizona State was moved to Tempe, Arizona because LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center was serving as a triage center for victims of Katrina.
  • September 26, 2005: LSU's home opener—and first home game under coach Les Miles—was pushed back to Monday night due to the approach of Hurricane Rita, which roared ashore along the Texas-Louisiana border the morning of September 24. The Tigers lost 30-27 in overtime to Tennessee.
  • October 30, 2005: The first NFL regular season game in Tiger Stadium took place as the Miami Dolphins, coached by former LSU football coach Nick Saban, defeated the New Orleans Saints, 21-6. The Saints lost all four Tiger Stadium games, against the Chicago Bears (20-17 on November 2), against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3 on December 4), and the Carolina Panthers (27-10 on December 18).
  • September 8, 2007: The new record for the largest crowd in Tiger Stadium was set at 92,739 when the No. 2 LSU Tigers beat the No. 9 Virginia Tech Hokies, 48-7.
  • October 6, 2007: A raucous crowd of 92,910 saw the No. 1 LSU Tigers beat the defending national champion No. 9 Florida Gators, in a 4th quarter comeback, 28-24, thanks to five fourth-down conversions.
  • October 20, 2007: Tigers defeated Auburn, 30–24, when Matt Flynn threw a touchdown pass, through the hands of Auburn defender Jerraud Powers in the end zone, to Demetrius Byrd with one second left, giving the home team eight consecutive victories in the LSU-Auburn series.
  • August 30, 2008: For the first time ever, the defending champions of both football subdivisions of NCAA Division I played a regular-season game, as the Tigers opened up their season against three-time defending FCS champions Appalachian State. Due to logistical issues related to the approach of Hurricane Gustav, the kickoff was moved to 10:06 am local time, the earliest in the history of the stadium. LSU avoided the fate of the 2007 Michigan team, who were victims of one of the biggest upsets in college football history when they opened the season against Appalachian State. The Tigers scored a touchdown on their second play from scrimmage, went out to a 31-0 halftime lead, and cruised to a 41-13 win.
  • November 8, 2008: A crowd of 93,039, then the largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history, was on hand to witness the return of former LSU coach Nick Saban to Death Valley as head coach of the #1 ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama. With the score tied, a chip shot field goal that would have given Alabama the win was blocked by LSU lineman Ricky-Jean Francois as time expired and sent the stadium into an absolute frenzy. The game went into overtime where LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee threw his fourth interception of the game. Alabama scored on their ensuing possession to win the game by a score of 27-21.
  • 2010s

  • November 25, 2011: LSU completed its first 12-0 regular season in school history, its first undefeated regular season since 1958, and just its third undefeated regular season overall, with a 41-17 romp over Arkansas in the Battle for the Golden Boot. The attendance of 93,108 is the third-highest in stadium history, only 21 fans behind the record set in the 2009 Florida game and 266 behind the 2012 Alabama game.
  • December 2, 2011: The Tiger Athletic Foundation announced that it was exploring expanding the south endzone of the stadium. The total capacity after expansion was not verified, but speculation was that it exceeds 100,000 bringing it near to or above the capacity of its Southeastern Conference counterparts Neyland Stadium and Bryant–Denny Stadium.
  • September 6, 2014: The new south end zone expansion debuted in an LSU 56-0 shutout victory over Sam Houston State, and attendance broke the 100,000 mark for the first time.
  • October 25, 2014: LSU safety Ronald Martin picked off Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace on the final play of the game to secure a 10-7 upset victory over then #3 Ole Miss. Students and fans then stormed the field; this resulted in a first-offense $5,000 penalty for the storming.
  • October 10, 2015: Due to massive flooding in Columbia, a game between LSU and South Carolina had to be moved from its scheduled location of Williams-Brice Stadium. The game was moved to Tiger Stadium, with South Carolina as the official home team. In Steve Spurrier's final game as a head coach, LSU accumulated 624 yards of total offense, the most against an SEC opponent since 1987, as the Tigers won the game, 45-24.
  • Unique features

  • Student dormitories were built into the stadium in 1931. Athletic Director T.P. "Skipper" Heard learned that LSU president James M. Smith had $250,000 earmarked for dormitories. Heard sold Smith on the idea that the president could have his dormitories simply by raising the stands on both sides of the stadium and extending them to each goal line. This not only enabled the dormitories to be built underneath the stands, but it also expanded the stadium by 10,000 seats from 12,000 to 22,000. The dormitories were inhabited until the 1980s and were used for offices and storage until some time in the 2010s.
  • Unlike most football fields, where only the yard lines ending in "0" are marked, Tiger Stadium also marks the yard lines ending in "5".
  • LSU's Tiger Stadium uniquely sports "H" style (or "offset") goal posts, as opposed to the more modern "Y" ("slingshot" or "tuning fork") style used by other schools today, although they are not the true "H" goal posts which were once ubiquitous on American football fields, since the posts are behind the uprights and connected to the uprights by curved bars. This "H" style allows the team to run through the goal post in the north end zone when entering the field. Tiger Stadium is one of only three Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools college stadiums in the nation who still uses the H style goal posts. The only other FBS stadiums that use goalposts with two posts all season are Doak Campbell Stadium at Florida State and Martin Stadium at Washington State. Many other schools use the two post goals during rivalry games only to prevent them from being torn down in victory, a real safety concern in recent years. They received special permission from the NCAA prior to the November 20, 1993 game against Tulane in conjunction with LSU's football centennial; NCAA rules have since changed to permit the use of offset uprights full-time. These goal posts remained intact for the four New Orleans Saints games held in 2005, with dispensation from the NFL. Under NFL rules in place since 1967, goalposts for NFL games must be slingshot style and bright gold in color. Tiger Stadium's goalposts are white with the then-NFL-standard 30-foot uprights (the NFL raised the height of the uprights to 35 feet for 2014). Many schools' uprights are the NCAA-minimum 20 feet high. (LSU used the NFL-style goalposts from 1985 through the first four home games of 1993).
  • The goal posts at the north end of the stadium were torn down by students in 1997 vs. Florida, and again in 2000 vs. Tennessee and Alabama. The posts have not been torn down since.
  • The crossbar from the goalposts which stood in the north end zone of Tiger Stadium from 1955 through 1984 is now mounted above the door which leads from LSU's locker room onto the playing field. The crossbar is painted with the word "WIN!", and superstition dictates every player entering the field touch the bar on his way out the door.
  • At the beginning of the 2009 season LSU unveiled a 27 X 80 Daktronics HD video Board. The $3.1-million display is situated in the North end zone and features (on the front) the phrase "Welcome to Death Valley" (the stadium's well-known moniker). This scoreboard got a mini-makeover in 2014 with the opening of the new South Endzone Upper Deck as the phrase "Welcome to Death Valley" was situated in bigger lettering on the front of the new deck.
  • There are two new HD video boards in the new South Endzone Upper Deck situated in each corner that were both installed in 2014.
  • Jeff Boss Locker Room

    The Jeff Boss Locker Room located in Tiger Stadium is 8,000 square feet and houses 126 lockers with LED lighting. It includes a state-of-the-art sound system, HD televisions, illustrative team graphics and a lighting system. The locker room area includes the main locker room, coaches lounge w/ lockers and a private lounge for the head coach. There is also an area dedicated to LSU's first round NFL Draft picks, a wall listing every Tiger that has been active for an NFL game, plus a list of LSU's all-time graduates. It was renovated prior to the 2014 football season and was previously renovated for the 1996 season.

    The LSU Tigers football locker room in Tiger Stadium is named in honor of equipment manager, Jeff Boss. He was equipment manager for the LSU Tigers football team for 24 years from 1980–2003. The locker room was named after Boss on September 29, 2003.

    LSU Strength and Conditioning facility

    The LSU Strength and Conditioning facility or LSU North Stadium weight room, is a strength training and conditioning facility at Louisiana State University. Built in 1997, it is located adjacent to the stadium. Measuring 10,000-square feet with a flat surface, it has 28 multi-purpose power stations, 36 assorted selectorized machines and 10 dumbbell stations along with a plyometric specific area, medicine balls, hurdles, plyometric boxes and assorted speed and agility equipment. It also features 2 treadmills, 4 stationary bikes, 2 elliptical cross trainers, a stepper and stepmill.

    The facility was originally constructed to house all of LSU's sports teams, but is now home to the men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis and volleyball teams. The LSU Tigers football strength training and conditioning facility is now located in the LSU Football Operations Center.

    Hurricane Katrina

    Tiger Stadium at LSU served as a temporary relocation site for the New Orleans Saints for four games of the 2005 NFL season after Hurricane Katrina damaged the Superdome and left much of New Orleans under water. The Saints, however, utilized only 79,000 of Tiger Stadium's seats (the new west side upper deck, which was still under construction, was closed for Saints games). The Saints' first two games in Baton Rouge came on the Sunday immediately following an LSU home game, meaning field crews had to repaint the field to NFL standards immediately following the completion of LSU's games, both of which kicked off at 7 p.m. Due to the time crunch, the NFL granted LSU's request to start the Saints' games in the late slot (3:05 p.m. CST). Although none of the Saints' four Baton Rouge dates sold out due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the NFL exempted the Saints from the league's blackout rules, and the games were televised locally by WAFB and WGMB.

    The Saints went 0-4 in Tiger Stadium. The first game saw the return of Nick Saban, who led LSU to the national championship two years earlier. Saban's Miami Dolphins defeated the Saints 21-6. The Saints subsequently lost to the Chicago Bears (20-17), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3) and Carolina Panthers (27-10).

    Tiger Stadium also hosted the Tulane Green Wave versus Southeastern Louisiana Lions football game on October 1, 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. Tulane defeated Southeastern Louisiana 28-21.


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