Edwards: Tiger Stadium may be limited to 25K fans


Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said when LSU Fighting Tiger football begins the 2020 season, Death Valley may be limited to 25 percent capacity.

"I am looking at 25 percent, but understand whatever announcement we make today is always going to be subject to what is going on with COVID between now and then," he said Tuesday afternoon during a news conference.

That would be around 25,000 people for the stadium that has a capacity of a little over 100,000. The governor said even that could be too many people in one spot, if not handled correctly.

Louisiana has been in "Phase Two" of the White House Coronavirus Task Force's recommended guidelines for easing up on restrictions since early June. Phase Two has been extended and modified to include a face covering requirement and bar closures after cases spiked and hospitals in Acadiana and southwestern Louisiana neared capacity.

LSU is set to begin a conference-only schedule on September 26 versus Mississippi State at Tiger Stadium.