Port City Classic a Positive For All Involved

Louisiana Tech and Grambling face off on September 4th in Shreveport. It will be the first game of the season for both teams. It will also be the first game for new Louisiana Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes and it will be the first ever meeting between the two teams that are seperated by just over three miles.

Louisiana Tech and Grambling have played football before, just not in an official game. In recent years, players from both schools would meet up at Joe Alliet Stadium for seven on seven scrimmages. Ask the right people, and you can hear stories of legendary teams from years ago playing against each other in the off-season.

2010 will mark the first time that the two teams play in an actual game. Fans from both schools are expected to flood into Shreveport to see this long awaited matchup.

The game will be a success for all parties involved. The City of Shreveport and the Independence Bowl are hosting an event that will draw tens of thousands of people to Shreveport that weekend. Grambling gets another chance to play a FBS team without having to travel across the country. Te TIgers have played Pittsburgh, Nevada, Washington State, and San Jose State in recent years.

The game makes sense for Louisiana Tech for many reasons. Louisiana Tech already has six home games. Season ticket prices have been set at $130 for the six games against teams like Southern Miss, Navy, Fresno State, and Nevada.

Last season, season tickets cost Tech fans $125 for just five games. This season ticket package is a great value for Tech fans and a seventh home game would have increased that cost to at least $150. One Louisiana Tech official said the Port City Classic is a great way for Tech fans to see their team play a seventh game without the school having to change the season ticket package.

If Tech were to host a game against a team from the Southland Conference, the athletic department would have to pay that team a guarentee and they would be lucky to earn a profit. Recent games against Nicholls State, Central Arkansas, and Southeastern Louisiana were basically a wash financially.

Louisiana Tech stands to make a large profit from the Port City Classic. Tech and Grambling split the first $400,000 of revenue evenly. Tech would receive 75% of the additional revenue and does not have any expense. Louisiana Tech stands to make just as much playing in the Port City Classic as they could have been paid to play on the road against an SEC team.

For Louisiana Tech, this game balances the schedule, brings a profit, and gives Tech fans another chance to see the Bulldogs play. The Port City Classic is also a chance for Bulldog fans, as well as Tiger fans and area sports fans in gerenral, to see a game that has never been played before. The history of the two schools is tremendous and the fact that they are so close together makes the game even more exciting for everyone.

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, Grambling's Lin Dawson, and Tech's Bruce Van De Velde are to be commended for making this game happen. It will be a great day in North Louisiana.

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