Tiger Stadium, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the home stadium of the LSU Tigers football team. The stadium opened in 1924 as “State Field” and currently has a capacity of 102,321. It is the sixth-largest stadium in the world by capacity. Over the years, it has undergone numerous renovations and expansions. Here’s a brief history of this iconic stadium.
State Field (1924-1933)
The original State Field was built in 1924. It was originally named after then-Governor Huey P. Long and had a seating capacity of 12,000. In 1928, the first night game in LSU history was played at State Field. In 1930, the stadium’s name was changed to “Tiger Stadium,” and its capacity was increased to 21,000.
Tiger Stadium (1933-present)
In 1933, the stadium underwent its first expansion, which increased its capacity to 32,000. In 1948, another expansion increased the capacity to 46,000. The south end zone upper deck was added in 1953, increasing the capacity to 61,000. In 1958, the north end zone upper deck was added, bringing the total capacity to 80,085— making it the largest stadium in Louisiana at the time.
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The most recent expansion of Tiger Stadium was completed in 2014. This expansion added 3,215 seats to bring the total capacity to 102,321— making it the sixth-largest stadium in the world by capacity.
Tiger Stadium is one of the most iconic stadiums in college football. It has been home to some of college football’s greatest moments and has seen its fair share of renovations and expansions over the years. If you’re ever in Baton Rouge on a Saturday night during football season, make sure to check out a game at Tiger Stadium—you won’t be disappointed!
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