It’s all systems go at the PMAC.
OK, just some of them.
After discussions between LSU and the Southeastern Conference, the Tigers’ will host Kentucky at 8 p.m. Tuesday, LSU associate athletic director Eddie Nunez confirmed via text message this morning.
The decision comes after officials from both school’s and the conference office concluded that players and officials could safely reach the arena as a winter storm packing freezing rain, snow, sleet and temps sliding into the 20s bears down on South Louisiana.
UK arrived in Baton Rouge early Monday evening, along with game officials and members of the broadcast team for ESPN, which is set to air the contest as part of its weekly Super Tuesday series.
The ticket office at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center will open at 6:30 p.m., while all parking is free tonight, LSU spokesman Kent Lowe said.
As we told you yesterday, the SEC and LSU confer about whether to alter the start time of games, while the final decision to postpone a contest rests in the hands of Commissioner Mike Slive.
It’s not unprecedented for the Tigers to play a game in inclement weather, either. Three years ago, LSU traveled to Ole Miss, which saw five inches of snow fall during the afternoon leading up to the tip. While roads were impassable in Oxford, Miss., and campus was shut down, officials, players and enough game day crew members could reach the Tad Smith Coliseum for the tilt to go off. LSU lost to the Rebels, and, officially, the attendance was reported as 2,112. Yet, roughly 1,500 of those were students that hiked to the building from campus.
Just how many fans could potentially make it to the PMAC remains in question. On Tuesday morning, road closures around the area were already being announced, and last Friday large chunks of Interstate 10 and Interstate 12 were shutdown, along with major bridges when similar winter weather struck a part of the nation largely unaccustomed to these conditions.