LSU issued and advisory this week just to make folks aware that Friday night could be a particularly crowded one on campus, for those of you checking out one of the four sporting events going on.
Over 25,000 fans are expected to be on the south side of campus where LSU will host sporting events at Alex Box Stadium, the Maravich Center, Tiger Park and the new LSU Tennis Complex.
A sellout crowd of over 12,000 is anticipated at the Maravich Center where fourth-ranked LSU hosts third-ranked Alabama in what will be Senior Night for the Tigers. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets to the gymnastics meet in advance and the "print at home" ticket feature is available for the Alabama matchup.
Doors to the Maravich Center open at 6 p.m. with team introductions slated to begin at 7:15. The general public can enter the Maravich Center through the four upper entrances and the LSU student entrance is portal J on the west side of the arena.
Fans are reminded to arrive early and that free parking is available in lots 101, 104, 105, and 401. In addition, North Stadium Road closes to vehicular traffic at 5:30 that day.
Across Nicholson Drive, LSU's nationally-ranked baseball and softball teams will be in action. The Tiger baseball team hosts Fordham at 7 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium, while the softball team will play Memphis and Tennessee Tech in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. at Tiger Park.
The LSU men's tennis team will play its first Southeastern Conference match in the new LSU Tennis Complex as the Tigers host Florida at 5:30 p.m. Fans going to the tennis match can park in the lot directly in front of the tennis complex off of Gourrier Drive.
Obviously, the headliner is gymnastics, right? We missed our recap last week but the girls scored a huge road win at 2nd-ranked Florida, scoring a season-high of 197.900, on the strength of an amazing balance beam routine and SEC Gymnast and Freshmen of the Week performances from Ashleigh Gnat and Sarah Finnegan.
The score helped push the girls up to No. 4 in the Road To Nationals.com rankings, and LSU will welcome No. 3 Alabama to the PMAC on Friday night for the final home meet of the season.
Team introductions will begin at 7:15 p.m. CT, and first vault is set for 7:30 p.m.
A limited number of tickets remain for the meet, and tickets can be purchased at www.LSUtix.net, by calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184 or in person on the first floor of the LSU Athletic Administration Building.
Tickets cost $3 for youth ages 3-12 and $5 for adults. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $2 each.
It is Senior Night as Michelle Gauthier, Jessica Savona and Randii Wyrick compete for the final time in the Maravich Center.
A total of 5,000 music-activated LED bracelets will also be given out before the meet, so fans are encouraged to arrive early.