LSU's Alleva to fans: I get it, but stay in your seats
BATON ROUGE- LSU is asking fans not to storm the field should the Tigers defeat Alabama in the next home game.
LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva said Tuesday, fans should celebrate in their seats and not on the field. Following Saturday's defeat of Ole Miss, fans stormed the field.
"I encourage everyone to celebrate great LSU victories within the seating areas of the stadium, and not on the field," he said. "LSU represents the achievement of victory with dignity, and we do not want to sacrifice safety or sportsmanship. We would never endorse the 'storming of the field' by our fans - it is a violation of the protocol established by the Southeastern Conference, and serious injuries have occurred at the venues of our member institutions."
Sunday and Monday after fans stormed the field, the grounds crew had to repair numerous holes in the grass. In some areas, people dug up chunks of grass. LSU was fined $5,000 for the situation and a second-offense could cost $25,000.
Alleva said the atmosphere in Tiger Stadium is ripe for a football party, people just need to be responsible.
"Regarding the game, Tiger Stadium was as electric and passionate as it's ever been, and on behalf of Coach Miles, our players, and the entire football staff, I want to thank our fans for their incredible support. Our stadium is a game-changer, and we sincerely appreciate the way our fans can impact the outcome with their energy."
The Tigers defeated Ole Miss 10-7. ESPN said Tuesday, the match-up was the most watched of the 2014 season. More than 4.9 million people watched Ole Miss fall to the Tigers.
Alleva also expressed condolences to the family of a man who died of a heart attack in the stadium at the end of the game.
"It's my understanding he was an extremely dedicated Tiger fan, and his presence in our stadium will certainly be missed," Alleva said. Brian Tingley, 59, suffered a heart attack in the lower bowl of the south end zone late in the fourth quarter.
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