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LSU officials: Stadium 'in good shape' after hurricane

8/30/2005 - LSU Tigers

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's Tiger Stadium, which is undergoing
a major expansion, escaped significant damage during Baton Rouge's
brush with Hurricane Katrina, university officials say.

With work continuing on the new west upper deck, No. 5-ranked
LSU is scheduled to open the season by hosting North Texas on
Saturday.

"It looks like everything came through the storm very well,"
senior associate athletic director Dan Radakovich said. "Obviously
we have to speak with the guys who do the work when they get back.
But from the standpoint of us eyeballing the stadium and the
grounds around it, it's in as good a shape as can be expected."

Construction crews suspended work Sunday on the $60 million west
upper deck project, which was expected to be mostly usable for
LSU's first two games and completely finished for its third game
Sept. 24 against Tennessee.

The hurricane forced LSU coach Les Miles to juggle the Tigers'
game week practice schedule. He said he gave the team Monday off
and resumed practice Tuesday.

"We just hope like heck the people in New Orleans and elsewhere
aren't too adversely affected by this," Miles said.