Southern gearing up for first home game
BATON ROUGE - Southern University is gearing up for its first home football game of the season.
Southern Athletic Director William Broussard anticipates larger crowds this season. The A.W. Mumford Stadium suites are sold out for the first time ever. Season ticket sales are on the rise. Reserved parking spots are almost sold out. Broussard suggests getting to campus early to avoid the rush.
"You're planning on tailgating, planning on visiting friends... three o'clock is sort of that target where you should be on campus by that point. Traffic can sometimes be a little bit of a challenge, but once you get on campus you see really an explosion of celebration... lots of tailgating, lots of people visiting and connecting," he said.
The university hasn't changed anything major this year for game day parking, and free parking is still available in the back of campus.
"Even though it was my first year here, the police chief... it was his first full year here, we developed a pretty good plan. So the fact that we didn't have to come in and completely overhaul it in the off-season speaks to the fact that we developed a pretty good plan on the onset," said Broussard.
For the first time in 4 years, Southern has five home games in a season. Broussard says they can't wait to roll out the whole production.