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Historic Stadium Caucus includes Tiger Stadium Among Iconic Venues to Preserve

Tiger Stadium has been included in the iconic venues considered among “America’s Most Treasured Stadiums” by the Historic Stadium Caucus, a bipartisan congressional effort to preserve, protect, and enhance iconic stadiums across America.

Launched Friday by US Representatives Garret Graves (R–Louisiana) and Mark Pocan (D–Wisconsin), the Historic Stadium Caucus will work to assemble a bipartisan group of Congressmembers committed to “preserving the legacy and protecting the integrity of these treasured venues across America while enhancing their capabilities, so they are able to continue to host world-class sporting events and concerts for generations to come,” according to a release.

“Historic stadiums, such as Tiger Stadium at LSU, play an important role in the environment that makes college athletics special. The game day traditions in iconic venues around the country are unique and are worthy of discussion,” said LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward. “I appreciate the Historic Stadium Caucus co-chairs, Garret Graves and Mark Pocan, for recognizing the need for healthy dialogue around the protection of historic stadiums.”

The mission of the Historic Stadium Caucus is “to assist representatives of historic stadiums – and those who are passionate about safeguarding iconic venues – in ensuring the stadiums can stay up-to-date with the latest technological advancements and security measures, as well as environmental practices, all while preserving their rich historical legacy.”

Some of the key areas that the Historic Stadium Caucus will focus on are:

-Security and Safety enhancements: With growing concerns about safety and security in public spaces, the caucus will focus on how the historic stadiums are able to implement cutting-edge security measures without compromising the historical character or footprint of the stadiums. This will enable these venues to continue to host events with an iconic energy, such as major college and professional sporting events, national and globally-significant competitions, and concerts by world-class musicians.

-Technological Upgrades: Given the amount of fans each venue welcomes annually, the Historic Stadium Caucus will help focus attention on the fact that these stadiums – many of which are over or nearing 100 years old – are in need of technological upgrades in ensuring that these iconic venues can meet the modern-day patron standard as well as the expectations put forth to remain leaders in compliance related to local, state and federal safety standards.

-Funding for Infrastructure Updates: As with many historic buildings, some stadiums could benefit from essential infrastructure upgrades. While these venues have stood the test of time, ensuring their continued functionality and longevity requires investments in their infrastructure not just for significant sports and entertainment events, but for the appropriate use by the communities that they serve in times of positive togetherness, but emergency needs, as well.

“When Tiger fans walk into Death Valley on Saturday nights, they do more than watch a football game – they walk into a 99-year-old local icon that supports our regional economy. Every bowl of jambalaya scooped and Tiger Dog served injects jobs and resources into our community,” said Rep. Graves, who represents Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District which includes Tiger Stadium, home of the LSU Tigers. “I am proud to join Rep. Pocan to preserve the legacies of some of our most historic landmarks and create new memories for future generations.”

Entering its centennial season in 2024, Tiger Stadium has been a cornerstone of LSU Athletics and the Louisiana community, hosting numerous NFL superstars, Heisman Trophy winners, and Hall of Famers since its opening in 1924. It serves as a sporting, cultural, and commercial hub for LSU Athletics, which contributes an estimated $500 million of economic activity for the state of Louisiana annually.

(Release via LSU Athletics)

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Scotcho Libre10 months
More taxation. LSU already takes care of its own stadium. What good would this actually do? It just forces you not to demo and replace your old stadium. Then all the taxes would go to employing people to finance their own favorite “security” and oversight services.
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SidetrackSilvera10 months
This is pork.
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LSUvet7210 months
Graves, who voted with the Dems recently in more federal spending, trying to get back into graces of conservative Louisianians. He and Cassidy need a little shake up in their next primary.
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DellTronJon10 months
Garret Graves is a douche.
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PetroBabich10 months
Would rather federal dollars get spent on disaster recovery or something the public actually needs.
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D500MAG10 months
Round up points for FEMA camps
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CanebreakCajun10 months
I can explain tue security measures. 100 BTR PD Swat cops loaded up with fully automatic weapons and tactical gear does wonder to deter mass idiocy.
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Rebel10 months
it will never be ready in time.
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EulerRules10 months
Keep the Rich Men North of Richmond away from Death Valley. Remember what Ronnie said, "I'm from the Government and I am here to help." Uh, no!
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EulerRules10 months
...said ABOUT those who say, "I'm from the Government and I am here to help." (My apologies for not being clear the first time.)
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alajones10 months
Tiger Stadium was graciously included on a list sponsored by a Louisiana politician?
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cajunmud10 months
Yeah, where do you tax-feeding commie parasites in DC get the authority to stick your hand deeper into my pocket to spruce up Bama or TN's fckn stadium?

You don't have it...you just take it and hope no one notices the freedoms you steal along with it. #TEXIT
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wallowinit10 months
Keep the fricking Federal Government OUT of Tiger Stadium. As soon as Federal funds are applied to something then the Federal Government controls it and makes the rules. If you have a problem with anything about the Gameday experience now just wait until the Federal Government gets control - and they will. You'll regret it.
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HughsWorkPhone10 months
I’m not looking forward to waiting in the same bathroom line as women during a football game. Guys can keep it moving
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Swamp Angel10 months
While I love the fact that Tiger Stadium is regarded so highly, where in the hell does the federal government find the authority to spend funds on this??? No wonder the nation is flat broke and bankrupt. Bread and circuses...
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DeafVallyBatnR10 months
Can they upgrade concessions?
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BertusTiger10 months
And restrooms
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WildTchoupitoulas10 months
So at 100 years old, Tiger Stadium is "historic", but at 50 years old, the PMAC is "dated". At what point does something go from "dated" to "historic"?
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DeafVallyBatnR10 months
I will never be for getting rid of the PMAC. I am not an engineer but why can't they just build seating like the new stadiums within the PMAC.
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Nix to Twillie10 months
100 years, bro
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soccerfüt10 months
“At what point does something go from "dated" to "historic"?” Requisite answer of “Ask your Mom”?
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BigPapaLSU10 months
Greatest stadium, tailgating, and atmosphere in college sports.
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