Posted: May 22, 2014 3:34 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: May 23, 2014 8:58 AM
BATON ROUGE - With the fifth annual Bayou Country Superfest set to kick off today, LSU Police are prepping security measures for the event's expected record-breaking crowd.
LSU's Tiger Stadium will host some of country music biggest stars with Friday headlined by George Strait and Reba McEntire. Single-day tickets are still available and range from $45-250. There's also a free Fan Fest area outside the stadium that includes food, merchandise and another music stage.
LSU Police expect more than 60,000 people to pack the stadium and surrounding grounds for the festival.
"Oh this is going to be the biggest year, and it's going to be the biggest year so far," said director/producer Quint Davis.
Organizers say along with an extra day, they have added additional seating this year in the upper west side of the stadium. State troopers, Baton Rouge Police, LSU Police and private security will watch over crowds all weekend, according to Bayou Country Superfest organizers.
"It's very similar to football. Obviously the crowd is not as large. We anticipate around 100,000 for football so this is a little smaller, but the venue is still the same. The same security measures have to be put in place. This brings in a different feel with the country music, it's a little different than the football fans," said LSU Police Cpt. Marshall Walters.
Police say they will be looking for people who are overly intoxicated or people disturbing others having a good time. People found violating rules could be ejected from the stadium or arrested depending on the offense, according to Walters.
Advanced parking is sold out for the event, but same day parking is available around Alex Box Stadium and Tiger Park. When you get to Tiger Stadium you will not be able to bring in ice chests, any containers, backpacks or video cameras. For a full list of prohibited items and stadium policies click here.