ATON ROUGE – LSU’s football game against Appalachian State on Saturday has been moved to 10 a.m. CDT on ESPN Classic, director of athletics Joe Alleva announced Friday.
The move was made in consultation with state officials in anticipation of an evacuation of New Orleans and an anticipated traffic contraflow order by the governor of Louisiana in preparation for the impact of Tropical Storm (now Hurricane) Gustav.
“Public safety was the overriding concern expressed by all parties when we met with the governor and his staff today,” Alleva said. “10 a.m. is obviously not the optimal time for a football game, but when one of the options was to not play the game at all, this is a matter of making the best of an unfortunate situation.”
The gates of Tiger Stadium will open at 8 a.m.
Alleva met with reporters at 2:30 p.m. at the LSU Athletic Administration Building to discuss the move. Watch on-demand here on LSUsports.net (Free).
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* LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva met with reporters Friday to discuss the move.
Watch on-demand here on LSUsports.net (Free).
* The game will kick off at 10:06 a.m.
* The gates of Tiger Stadium will open at 8 a.m.
* The LSU Athletic Ticket Office will open at 7 a.m.
* There is no change in traditional pre-game events for Saturday’s game. Tailgating is permitted, motor homes are welcome, and the LSU football team and Tiger Marching Band will come down Victory Hill as usual.
* The game will be televised by ESPN Classic (simulcast online at ESPN360.com) and can be heard on the radio on the LSU Sports Network.
* No football-related activities will be held in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center as the facility is being used as a medical special needs shelter associated with the anticipated impact of Tropical Storm Gustav. The Tiger Athletic Foundation, LSU Sports Properties and L-Club parties that are usually held in the Maravich Center on football game days have been cancelled.
* Fans are advised that occasional traffic delays may occur if emergency vehicles need passage to reach medical facilities on campus in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Gustav.
* Due to anticipated high temperatures take extra precautions. Fans are encouraged to wear loose clothing and to properly hydrate themselves to avoid heat exhaustion. Sunscreen of at least 30 SPF is recommended.