In seven home games in 2016, an average of 101,231 fans poured into Tiger Stadium to watch LSU play football. On Thursday, a good number of those fans will get a chance to be somewhat part of the team they will root for on Saturdays in the fall.
Per LSU tradition, coach Ed Orgeron invited students to participate in “LSU Student Day,” which is a sort of all-access opportunity for students to go behind the scenes of LSU football. Students will be able to tour the locker room and even enter Tiger Stadium just as the players do on fall Saturdays.
The practice, the final workout prior to LSU’s spring game on Saturday, April 22, is scheduled to begin at 4 and last until 5:30. It will be non-contact, with players in shorts and helmets only. But afterwards, the students can participate in a Punt, Pass and Kick contest, and the top five finishers will be invited back for the championship round on Saturday prior to kickoff of the Spring game.
Last year, only 21,000 fans attended the Tigers’ Spring game. Some schools may laud such a number, though LSU is not just “some school” playing in “some conference.” The SEC currently has three schools — Florida, Auburn, Kentucky — in the top-10 in Spring game attendance.