Canceled LSU game to cost athletic department millions

LSU fans and players were disappointed when their season opening game against McNeese State was canceled due to inclement weather last Saturday. Apparently, they weren’t the only ones who were pretty upset with the cancellation.

According to College Football Talk, the cancellation is set to cost the athletic programs millions as all tickets purchased for the game will be refunded. LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva released a statement about the school’s first canceled game since World War I in 1918.

“Since this is a nearly unprecedented situation, we have had to thoroughly explore our options in addressing the matter of ticket refunds,” Alleva said. “In the end, we believe that issuing the refund is quite simply the right thing to do in this case. We have a plan in place that fairly reimburses fans who purchased tickets through our ticket office. …

“It’s obviously an unfortunate situation since we had over 100,000 fans in Tiger Stadium for the start of game, and the atmosphere throughout the campus was electric. Our fans again demonstrated why they are the best in the nation, and we appreciate their patience as we administer this process.”

Alleva confirmed that the cancellation will cost the school’s athletic department between $1.2 and $3.2 million. This includes the $500,000 McNeese State is owed due to contractual obligations.

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