Posted: Mar 20, 2013 6:43 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Mar 20, 2013 7:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - One lawmaker wants to grant all incoming LSU freshmen season football tickets.
Rep. Terry Brown of Colfax submitted House Bill 144 Tuesday. The legislation "requires the LSU Board of Supervisors to allocate to each first-time entering freshman enrolled at LSU-Baton Rouge on a full-time basis at least one student ticket for purchase to attend each football game in Tiger Stadium."
Freshmen would be elgible to buy tickets five days before the first game, then if there are any tickets left those would be available to the general public.
The ticket office sells 14,600 tickets to students for regular season games, and Brown's bill does not indicate if the proposed freshman allotment would be included in that number.
"Right now Tiger Stadium is sold out as far as season tickets are concerned," Senior Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent explained, "so there are no additional tickets available to grab from."
The Athletic Department follows a ticket lottery plan voted on and designed by LSU student government. Before the start of the season, seniors, juniors, then sophomores get first picks. Freshmen grab whatever is left.
Vincent said the ticket office is doing what the students want.
"This would cause some issues because it would probably cause some seniors, juniors or sophomores not to get thickets in turn if all the freshmen are filled first," Vincent said.
By comparison, Texas A&M allots nearly 30,000 tickets to its student body, Alabama sells 17,000 and Ole Miss grants 7,500.
The bill will be debated in the House Education Committee when legislative session starts.