Louisiana State University has announced that it will raise certain ticket prices for football and baseball, keep other prices the same and lower some prices.
LSU evaluated areas with greater demand and targeted those as areas that could bear ticket price increases, while lowering prices in areas that haven't been in such high demand.
According to The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, higher-demand Tiger Stadium sections will see 4 to 12 percent increases, while 24,000 tickets will remain the same or reduced by as much as 16 percent. Student section prices are among those that will remain unchanged. Tiger Stadium prices will then increase again by as much as 11 percent in 2020, which LSU officials said is a result of the 2020 schedule having higher-value home games such as non-conference opponent Texas and conference rival Alabama.
LSU director of athletics Joe Alleva said during the Board of Supervisors meeting Friday that not having neutral-site games on LSU's agenda (something it had on five of the past six football schedules) will cost the athletic department $4 million to $5 million. "We have a real outcry from our fans and our season-ticket holders to play marquee games in Tiger Stadium," Alleva told The Times-Picayune. "We've done that by scheduling Texas to come in, we've got Clemson coming in down the road and UCLA down the road. We're trying to get a balance between the neutral-site games and playing a marquee opponent, a non-conference marquee opponent, in Tiger Stadium."
Baseball tickets will not be changed until the 2020 season, when they will increase 6 to 24 percent. This is the first change in football pricing since 2014 and the first for baseball since 2015.