Traffic, high temp concern ahead of LSU/Auburn afternoon kickoff
BATON ROUGE - LSU Athletics are prepping campus ahead of a key Southeastern Conference battle between 13th-ranked LSU and No. 15 Auburn on Saturday with traffic and soaring afternoon temperatures drawing most of the attention.
With kickoff time set for 2:30 p.m., LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva says Tiger fans should arrive on campus as early possible to ensure they're able to make it to their seats in time for the game. Campus officials expect all campus parking to be full before noon on game day, so fans should allot plenty of time to find an off-campus parking spot if they intend to arrive later on in the day. Follow @LSUsports on Twitter and at facebook.com/LSUTigers for traffic updates as you make your way to the stadium.
The high temperature for Saturday is forecasted to be 90 degrees, Alleva advises all fans to keep themselves hydrated during the game and said bottled water will be on sale inside Death Valley at a discounted price. Due to limited storage at concession stands, Alleva says fans should check the next concession stand should they find one that is temporarily re-stocking its water supply. Inside the stadium, a liter of bottled water will run $3 while a smaller size will be available for a dollar less.
Along with the concession planning, medical personnel will be on call throughout the stadium should anyone be overcome by the heat, according to Alleva.
Alleva pointed out that scheduling a September home game with an afternoon time slot was not the university's choosing, but a requirement of the SEC and CBS. Last season, LSU managed to play all seven of their home games under the bright lights of Tiger Stadium, and Alleva says the university will continue to try to keep day games on an infrequent basis.
LSU has won close to 90 percent of its home games over the past 10 seasons. First place in the SEC Western Division is at stake as they take on Auburn Saturday afternoon.