Pushback after LSU ticket proposals
BATON ROUGE - There's pushback over LSU planning to raise football ticket prices next season, if the LSU Board of Supervisors approves the proposal.
Tickets would increase in price by 6 percent. Currently, season tickets cost $400 plus a tradition fund for 45,000 seats in Tiger Stadium. LSU says the Tradition Fund won't increase more than $100 anywhere in the stadium. The cost of the actual seat for the season would be $360 for 600 level bench seating and $425 for all other seats in Death Valley. Fans we spoke with today say they don't want to pay more but understand why prices have to go up.
"No one likes to have a price increase, but it's the cost of doing business," said season ticket holder Claiborne Dugas.
"It's probably justifiable when you look at the long term down the road, how much money they're going to need to keep all these programs going," said Bryce Moreland. "So I don't really get upset about it. I don't resent it, but of course I'm not going to buy the tickets because they're too expensive and going to a game is a lot of hassle. But once you get there and get in it's a lot of fun."
Others realize tickets are hard to come by and would pay more to get into Tiger Stadium.
"It's hard to get season tickets now, you know, you got to get on a waiting list. So the best thing you can do is buy them from somebody else if you want to go to the ballgame, that's about all you can do," said Ronnie Domas.
LSU says the price increases would generate $2.3 million next year and an additional $1.7 million the following year. The plan also includes an increase for tickets and parking for the 2015 baseball season, as well as an increase in parking for parking next football season.