A letter from LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva

A letter from LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 2:01pm

Dear Tiger Fan,

As another summer creeps into the rearview mirror, we are looking head-on into another promising athletic year at LSU. It is late August and, as usual, emotions are running high as the sports season draws near.

The soccer season is already underway at LSU and I hope you will join me in wishing the soccer and volleyball teams great success in the coming year. Both teams will be fun to watch and I hope you will take time to follow them this fall.

With only 10 days to go before the football season opener, the Tigers are ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation in some pre-season polls. And when LSU fans come to campus on September 1, they will have something else to celebrate even before the first kickoff of the season.

Thanks to donations from some very generous benefactors and the Tiger Athletic Foundation, you will see a number of improvements to Tiger Stadium.

Tiger Stadium is a treasure in the world of college sports and it is our obligation to maintain and improve it. The original structure was built in 1924 so it takes constant attention, inside and out, to get it ready for every football season. We are not going to build a new stadium, so it is our responsibility to make this one a showpiece for years to come.

Already complete is the replacement of more than 400 windows on the north end of Tiger Stadium and a new coating to the outer façade of the stadium that will help maintain the structure as well as improve its appearance. A new lighting system has been installed that turns the upper archways of the north end of the stadium purple and gold and lights the iconic "LSU" on the stadium's north scoreboard. You will have to see it to believe it.

A new portal gating system on the west side of Tiger Stadium will debut at the first game, including the Scotty Moran National Championship Plaza and plaques commemorating LSU All-Americans and members of the College Football Hall of Fame. These improvements will help us tell the story of the history of Tiger football. Fans will be able to read about our greatest teams and our greatest players who will be forever honored on the gates of Death Valley.

To top it all off, "Tiger Stadium" in 10-foot tall illuminated letters will sit just below the west upper deck facing Nicholson Drive.

The National Championship Plaza is named for LSU and Tiger Athletic Foundation supporter Scotty Moran who has made significant contributions to the renovations to the north end and west side of the stadium. My sincere thanks go to Scotty and his wife Espe for their continued support, as well as a number of other very generous donors who helped make it all happen.

I think you will be proud of these new improvements to Tiger Stadium. The best fans in America deserve the best stadium in the country.

As always, we welcome your comments at athletics@lsu.edu. Unfortunately we cannot answer every e-mail we receive, but please be assured they are all read.

Geaux Tigers!

Joe Alleva
Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics

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