LSU's upcoming spring game won't be played in Tiger Stadium
Tiger fans looking to celebrate LSU’s latest national championship on campus come the spring game will be disappointed.
That’s because LSU is moving the upcoming spring game to Southern University. The spring game at Southern University is set to be played on Saturday, April 18 as confirmed by Jacques Doucet of WAFB Channel 9 in Baton Rouge.
While the location and date of the upcoming LSU spring game have been set, the time for the conclusion of spring practice in Baton Rouge has not yet been finalized.
The reason for moving LSU’s spring game? Tiger Stadium’s field turf is set to be replaced this spring.
While this may be a minor inconvenience for fans, the real conflict with LSU moving the spring game has to do with recruiting. NCAA programs are not permitted to host recruits off-campus, all visits must be done on campus.
That’s why programs cannot host recruits during non-conference neutral site games or postseason bowl games. Arkansas has dealt with the same issue when the Razorbacks have moved their spring game away from Fayetteville to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Being at a slight disadvantage this spring in terms of recruiting isn’t going to cripple LSU’s recruiting efforts, especially considering the Tigers are coming off a 15-0 undefeated national championship season, but it’s something that has to be considered when you realize Ed Orgeron’s program will likely be going head-to-head against the likes of Nick Saban and Alabama, Kirby Smart and Georgia, Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M, etc., on the recruiting trail this spring leading up to summer commitments.