Official Statement from LSU regarding Saturday's Game
Sept. 5, 2005
Baton Rouge, La. - The following press release was issued by Louisiana State University:
LSU's home football game against Arizona State on Saturdayhas been moved to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., as the recoveryefforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina continue in Baton Rouge.
The LSU campus, particularly its athletic venues, has played a central rolein medical services during the recovery effort. Those activities, as wellas other factors resulting from the aftermath of the hurricane, havecreated logistical problems for the football game that was scheduled for7:45 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
'There are considerable logistical issues that either affect the executionof a football game, or detract from providing recovery services in thistime of need,' said LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe. 'We have collected asmuch information as possible and deliberated this issue carefully over theweekend, but the myriad of details and questions that remain unresolveddictate this move.'
The use of athletics facilities for the hurricane recovery effort mayimpact the game, based on the intensity of medical recovery activity in theCarl Maddox Field House, Pete Maravich Assembly Center or Bernie MooreTrack during the coming week. LSU has assured immediate access to thesemedical evacuation units to meet fluctuating and varied demand. For afootball game, all parking lots north of Tiger Stadium would likely beunavailable, and traffic flow may be greatly curtailed.
'There are so many things that we don't know right now, and that we won'tknow until later in the week when it would be too late to change the siteof the game,' said LSU athletics director Skip Bertman. 'We certainly needto support the medical services and there is no indication that they willdiminish in the days ahead.'
Among the significant issues is the securing of hotel rooms for the ArizonaState football team and traveling party, Southeastern Conference gameofficials and members of the ESPN television crew. LSU officials haveadvised fans that hotels are booked and evacuees from the southeastLouisiana parishes have the highest priority.
Services normally provided for a football game at Tiger Stadium could alsobe impacted as many medical personnel and health care organizations usuallyassigned for LSU football games are involved in hurricane recoveryservices.
'We are thankful to Arizona State University President Michael Crow,athletics department personnel and the Fiesta Bowl who have already workedout a number of local details for making this game happen in Tempe on suchshort notice,' O'Keefe said. 'They are prepared to make travel and hotelarrangements for our team and traveling party, and Arizona State has agreedto schedule a return trip to Baton Rouge in the future.'
LSU will now play only six home football games during the 2005 footballseason. Bertman said LSU will develop a plan in the near future foraddressing ticket and parking issues for season ticket holders who havealready paid for a schedule of seven home football games.