FURTHER REVIEW: LSU, can you spare a dime?

Michael Tortorich
LSU players celebrate a touchdown against Alabama.

Some of my fondest memories have taken place along Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge.

During my four years as an LSU student, I either lived on campus in the dorms or just down the road in Tigerland apartments.

But the love of all things purple and gold started early on in my life. I?can still remember as a boy the joy of going to football games with my grandfather, who went to the school in the 1950s.

He was always proud to say that he went to LSU, and even prouder of his stint as a member of the Tiger Band.

I know, I know. Randy Newman once sang about college boys at LSU “go in dumb and come out dumb too.”?I may have gone in dumb but I came out more confused...and with an empty wallet to top it all off.

But I digress.

If you’ve made it through the last six paragraphs, you may be wondering why I bring this up now. Well, it’s simple. A bit of troubling news came out this week, which will affect the LSU?football experience.

It seems next season the school will begin collecting new parking fees on gamedays to the tune of $20 and $40. There will also be a $50 trailer charge.

On the surface, this would make sense. Fans who want to tailgate and park close to Tiger Stadium should have to pay. Parking passes have been sold for years.

But this new proposal involves lots as far away as the hayfield and levee lots. Now, I’m a relatively young man, and I’m not afraid of a bit of walking, but these lots are quite a fair stretch away from the stadium. I’ve personally walked from the levee lot several times for games this season. The long hike involved should be payment enough.

Keep in mind this is a dusty grass lot, not some fancy parking structure. Game traffic after rain reduces the lot to a muddy mess.

Prior to the Alabama game, a guy in front of me gave up on finding a spot, so he just parked in the middle of the lane, blocking in me and several other vehicles. He did have an Alabama license plate, so that may have had something to do with it. I kid, of course.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. There will be a number of fans who say “enough is enough” and go for the televised version over the gameday experience. Then there will be others who will decide parting with their cash is better than sitting out altogether. It’s basic supply and demand.

As for me, I haven’t decided yet if it’s better to invest in more comfortable walking shoes or a bigger television.