Death Valley is always one of the loudest stadiums in college football, and the LSU Tigers greatly benefit from the home field advantage of Tiger Stadium, but this season the normally capacity filled stadium isn’t overflowing with fans in purple and gold.
In attendance figures gathered by Saturday Down South from the NCAA, LSU ranks fourth in the SEC with an average attendance of 90, 596. Tiger Stadium has the fourth highest capacity at 92,400 so that number isn’t exactly surprising. However, the number that raised my eyebrow is the percent filled to capacity in comparison with the other 13 schools in the conference.
LSU is filled to 98.05 capacity through six weeks of the season which ranks eighth in the conference and fifth in the west behind Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama.
Could this just be a result of home games vs. UAB, Kent State and a game vs. Auburn in a monsoon? Probably. Although many in the crowd at Tiger Stadium headed to the exits in a hurry during the Auburn game with LSU leading by 21 at half. The energy seemed to be sucked right out of the stadium, but I can give them a pass considering the Hurricane-like conditions.
Saturday’s home date vs. the No. 17 Florida Gators oughta be a sellout as it’s the biggest opponent to head to Death Valley all season and the biggest home date until Nov. 23 when the Aggies come to town.
This is a prime opportunity to inflate these attendance figures and put to bed any talk of Death Valley not being the most rabid environment in college football. And most important end any dreams the Gators have of an SEC championship, because as Les Miles likes to say, “Death Valley is where dreams go to die.”