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Tiger Stadium and the Kingfish
When Tiger Stadium opened in 1924 it had a seating capacity of 12,000, with simple grandstands on both sides of the playing field. In 1936, capacity was more than doubled to 46,000 when the north end zone was enclosed. There was no money in the state budget for the seating expansion, but there were funds for dormitories. So Gov. Huey Long, the ‘Kingfish’ himself, got creative. He ordered that dormitories be built in the stadium, with seating above the student living quarters.
All the way up until the 1990’s, student-athletes continued to live in these dorms inside the walls of Tiger Stadium. You can still see the windows of the dorm rooms as you walk around the outside of the stadium.
Over the years, additions to the stadium continued and by 1987 the capacity was up to around 80,000. At the end of the 2004 season, the west upper deck was torn down and construction began on “The Stadium Club.” The new suites contain over 3,200 special amenity seats as a well as a state-of-the-art press box.
Completion of this addition was delayed about a year due to Hurricane Katrina. But it was ready for the 2006 season, bringing the stadium's capacity to its current official total of 92,400.
And the fans who have passed through the turnstiles have seen a lot of success, especially of late. Entering the 2008 season, the Tigers are fresh off their third national title – the second in five years. LSU is the only school to capture two Bowl Championship Series titles. Since the SEC began divisional play in 1992, LSU has won or shared the SEC West title 7 times, and is 3-1 in the SEC Championship game.