After earlier indications from athletic director Joe Alleva, LSU officially confirmed Thursday afternoon that the Tigers and North Texas will play at 6 p.m. Saturday as scheduled.
“Our options are limited as far as opportunities to play this game and there was minimal damage to the stadium, so we are proceeding with the season opener on Saturday night,” Alleva said in a university statement. “We understand there are portions of the state that are still recovering from the storm and there may be some fans that cannot, for various reasons, make it to Tiger Stadium. We wish those people and everyone adversely affected by the storm our best wishes for a full recovery.”
The game will be televised on ESPNU.
LSU had to navigate a number of concerns to procede with the game in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. The school had to make sure it had enough police and support personnel and LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center and Carl Maddox Field House are serving as medical facilites for hurricane victims.
“Safety is our biggest concern,” Alleva said.
Alleva said neither the campus nor Tiger Stadium suffered much damage from the effects of Hurricane Issac. The only visible damage to the exterior of the stadium was a torn banner on the exterior of the south scoreboard which lists LSU’s three national championship seasons.