A Letter to Fans from Athletics Director Joe Alleva

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A Letter to Fans from Athletics Director Joe Alleva

Dear Tiger Fan,

The last several weeks have been trying for everyone in Louisiana and I am hopeful that you and your families are safe after having endured one of the most devastating hurricanes to ever strike our region.

Hurricane Gustav hit us hard at LSU as well, but we are recovering.  We suffered damage to some athletic facilities and we have had to adjust the schedule for some of our sporting events. Our student-athletes have been resilient as they have seen their academic schedule adjusted and their practice times and locations scrambled.

Some of our athletic facilities are still being used for storm relief purposes as we house a medical special needs shelter in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. We are proud to play a role in the recovery effort.

On Saturday night, I am hopeful that LSU Football will lend some sense of normalcy to our state.  I invite you to come to campus with your families and friends, tailgate in the great tradition of LSU and enjoy an evening under the lights of Tiger Stadium.

When the Tiger Band steps off from the south end zone and blasts those first four notes of “Pregame” into the evening sky, it will be a signal to all that we’re still here, we’re still standing and that Baton Rouge and Louisiana have endured through great tribulation.

I ask you to be careful as you come to the stadium on Saturday.  The leadership of our city has done a remarkable job in cleaning up our community after Hurricane Gustav, but there is still a lot of debris and some fallen power lines that could be hazardous.  Be patient as you maneuver through the traffic and please follow the direction of law enforcement officers.

We look forward to seeing you in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.

Geaux Tigers!

Joe Alleva
Director of Athletics