This image shows an empty Tiger Stadium before a game last year, but if you ask LSU defensive tackle, Anthony Johnson he may think it is from the recent game between the Florida Gators.
#LSU‘s Anthony Johnson on empty seats Saturday vs. Florida: “It doesn’t feel electrifying. I guess people are waiting on the Texas A&M game”
— Matt Boudreaux (@MattBoudreaux) October 15, 2013
During the opening moments of the telecast on CBS the play-by-play man Verne Lundquist and color analyst Gary Danielson noted the empty seats in the stadium and later the lack of noise coming from the fans. Those same observations were noted by some media members who cover LSU in print and on television.
The reaction of the LSU fans on social media ranged from calling the media members out for ratting out LSU to making excuses for the heat (it was in the high 80’s at game time) to anger over the fans with tickets not supporting their team as passionately as those passionately cheering them on at home were.
I definitely understand the last part because it’s awfully frustrating not being able to afford tickets or physically travel to the stadium, so seeing others not appreciate every home game is disappointing.
@valleyshook Paid is the number they give. Now actual.
— Matt Boudreaux (@MattBoudreaux) October 14, 2013
It was easier to understand why the home crowd at Tiger Stadium, which is the best stadium in college football, wasn’t roaring for games against Kent State or during a monsoon vs. Auburn, but a game against Florida should have been an insane environment.
I’m not buying the head as a valid reason for the lack of noise or empty seats. It was in the mid-high 80’s, it’s not like it was in the mid-high 90’s but yes the east side can get nasty with the sun beating down on you. But you only get seven Saturday’s at home a year, so cherish those days. Wear a hat, drink a lot of water and blast the air conditioning for the drive home.
Tiger Stadium is famous for their intimidating and off-the-charts atmosphere during night games and with the negative publicity the home crowd has been getting this year I’m hopeful the student section in particular and the rest of the great LSU fans bring it for the Nov. 23 game vs. Texas A&M as Johnson is hoping
But I wonder how the sparse the crowd will look for the home game vs. Furman in two weeks.