BATON ROUGE, La. — Speaking at the Tiger Tour Monday night, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva disclosed his thoughts on and plans for major structural renovations to Tigers athletics facilities.
Namely, Alleva wants LSU to keep up with the times and renovate its football facilities, all while improving the fan experience with more club levels and access at football and basketball games. This includes improving the infrastructure itself, but also providing exclusive areas where the fan experience can be better appreciated.
Here’s a list of Alleva’s comments about the future of LSU renovation projects, categorized by stadium and by sport.
Tiger Stadium south end zone
“There’s an enormous amount of space down there where we’ll be able to create a food court and sell things down there. It’ll be, for lack of a better term, it’ll be a sports bar kind of a feel down there. Big screen TVs. It’ll be a restricted area where you have to stay in there. You won’t be able to leave. But it’ll be a really great space. I think you’ll really enjoy this.”
“We’re in the process of renovating every restroom in Tiger Stadium. It won’t be done this year, but next year we’ll be renovating all the concessions stands in Tiger Stadium also. All those things will be renovated.”
Football operations building
“At the end of football season, we’re going to renovate and modernize the football ops building. Ten years ago, the football building was built and it was state of the art. It was the best in our league. Since then, the last 10 years, everybody else has built one or renovated one, and ours is not the best anymore. It needs to be.
“At the end of football season, we’ll move our coaches out into trailers and start renovating the locker rooms, the players lounge, the coaches’ offices and meeting rooms and we’ll start building a nutrition center that’ll be built into the ops building.”
“This has been planned for a few years and I’m glad that we’ve postponed it because the NCAA rules have changed so much over the last few years that it has changed the way we look at nutrition. Ultimately, we figured that the best place for this thing will be near the football ops building. It’ll be a great recruiting tool. We look forward to getting that thing up and running.”
Pete Maravich Assembly Center
“[The new scoreboard is] going in this year, which is a great thing. But ultimately, down the road, the PMAC is a facility that we’re really going to have to take a look at. It has to be modernized. I think what we need to do is, my thoughts are, those ramps need to come off, we need to build a nice lobby in the front of the building and it needs to be more friendly for our fans coming in now with escalators and a ticket office that’s in a convenient place.
“I’d like to build a club section in the PMAC just like in football and baseball. We need a club area in basketball. Those will be plans that we’ll be laying out in the near future.”