LSU to finish stadium work delayed by hurricanes

Updated: March 23, 2006, 5:30 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The renovation to Tiger Stadium at LSU, which was originally scheduled to be done for the start of the 2005 football season, will finally wrap up on June 28.

The work, which included adding 10,000 seats and 70 suites, was delayed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

When finished, the West Side Club area will be a state-of-the-art facility and there will be a new press box and redone parking lots, said Ron Richard, chief executive officer of the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

The project is the biggest undertaken by the LSU Athletic Department and the TAF, Richard said.

"In the 20 years before 2001, LSU spent $19.6 million on athletic improvements," Richard said. "Since 2001, weve spent $162 million on athletic improvements with another $42 million ahead. That means $202 million by 2008."

Other improvements in the $162 million outlay included a $2.9 million Tiger Den, the new home for mascot Mike the Tiger and upgrades in the women's basketball teams locker room and lobby area.

Richard said there are plans to remodel Tiger Stadium restrooms and that the field will get new turf for the 2006 season. Recent changes have been made to the stadium's field-drainage system.

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