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Posted: Friday, 20 September 2013 9:26AM

LSU begins SEC play with first home sellout of the season

The LSU Fighting Tigers begin the heavy work this weekend -- taking on Southeastern Conference foe Auburn.  It is also Tiger Stadium's first sellout of the year, and that's a little unusual.

For the first time since 2005, attendance at last week's game vs. Kent State was fewer than 90,000 people.  LSU ticket manager Brian Broussard says other SEC schools have been dealing with less-than-capacity attendance for early-season games.

"There's been committees put together to try and figure out ways to keep the number consistently high," said Broussard.  "We're looking to maybe look at pricing that might be different in the future for certain games."

It seems even the most die-hard Tiger Fan may have trouble getting excited for September cupcakes.

"The opponents may have something to do with it," Broussard acknowledged. 

It could also be the sultry early-September weather. Broussard says when they host the Football Championship Subdivision Furman Paladins for homecoming at the end of October, they expect a big crowd, even though the Paladins aren't what anyone would call a big draw.

"Our numbers for Furman will be higher, than maybe even a sellout, it depends on how the year goes," Broussard said, "but we're down to maybe 1,500 seats left for that game."

(image from Steve Franz, LSU Sports)

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