When Mother Nature took over the show in Baton Rouge on opening weekend of the college football season, the LSU athletic department and school took the biggest proverbial hit of the weekend.
The game was called due to inclement weather with LSU and McNeese State opting not to make the game up. Beyond the lost experience and opportunities to be gained on the field of play by players on both sidelines, thousands of fans were left with a useless ticket in their collective hands.
The cancelation of the Tigers game was the first since 1918 and will cost the school between an estimated $1.2 to $3.2 million; depending on how many of the 100,000 fans who planned on attending the game at Death Valley seeks a refund. The estimated costs includes the $500,000 payout to McNeese State for showing up.
The face value of LSU’s tickets range from $25 to $35 and $4 to $11 for students. Per LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, LSU fans who purchased the tickets via the LSU Athletic Ticket Office by credit card will be refunded directly by the end of September.
In a statement regarding refunding the purchase price of the tickets Alleva said, “Since this is a nearly unprecedented situation, we have had to thoroughly explore our options in addressing the matter of ticket refunds. 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.”
As for those college football fans buying through a third-party site... buyer beware. Third-party sites may or may not reimburse fans the face value or the purchase price of the tickets.
Assuming weather is not a factor, the Tigers will take the field on Saturday in Starkville, Miss., to face Mississippi State in now what is not only LSU's SEC opener, but also the first official game of the 2015 season.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.