LSU and South Carolina will square off in Tiger Stadium after flooding in Columbia, S.C., forced a relocation of the game.
The two schools and the SEC announced Wednesday they've made the decision to move the game from Columbia to Baton Rouge. Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. CT, and ESPN will have the broadcast.
“We’re honored to be able to help out USC and play the game here," said LSU athletic director Joe Alleva.
Though South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium was not damaged in the storm, parts of the city remained underwater with emergency responders inundated. Major roadways were still closed with water and sewage services still not operational.
Word surfaced Tuesday that South Carolina officials had started considering plans to move the game away from Columbia. Neutral sites in Charlotte, Atlanta and Jacksonville were considered before the decision was ultimately made to move it to Baton Rouge.
This will sitll essentially be a home game for South Carolina. They will reimburse LSU for the costs of holding the game but keep revenues from concessions and tickets.
LSU will still use the home team locker room and stand on the west sideline as normal. The field will be painted as it is for a typical LSU game, though administration considered painting some South Carolina decals. That wasn't feasable though with a turnaround necessary for next week.
“Our goal is to make South Carolina feel at home," Alleva said. "We’ll be playing their music, their fight songs, their alma mater.”
Alleva said Tiger Stadium will be about 75 percent staffed in terms of ushers and concession workers. In terms of law enforcement, they'll be near full staff as it is for a typical game.
LSU is still expected to host South Carolina in 2020 as originally scheduled.
South Carolina's equipment staff announced the Gamecocks will wear all white Saturday. That means the Tigers will wear purple in an SEC game for the first time since 2009 against Mississippi State. That was a road game though.
The last time LSU wore purple at home for an SEC game was against Alabmama in 1994. Gerry Dinardo took over the program the next year and restored the white jersey tradition. LSU last wore a color other than white for an SEC home game in 1996, when the Tigers donned gold against Vanderbilt, Dinardo's previous coaching stop.
The American Red Cross will be accepting monetary donations to flood victims at the Tiger Stadium gates on Saturday.
This is the first time a game involving an SEC team has been moved since 2005, when LSU traveled for a home game against Arizona State as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
LSU season ticket holders will have first priority for buying tickets to Saturday's game. They'll receive an email Wednesday with details on how to purchase them. Their deadline will be Thursday at 5 p.m.
Whatever tickets remain after that will go on sale to the general public at 6 p.m. Thursday. Students can purchase tickets for $5 starting Wednesday afternoon.
Tickets purchased for the game to be played in Williams-Brice Stadium will not be valid Saturday. Those will be refunded though.
LSU officials said the east and south upper deck sections will be closed unless ticket demand forces their opening.
"I hope our fans turn out," Alleva siad. "This is a lagniappe game for our fans. I hope they turn out and support both teams."
Normal parking procedures will be followed Saturday. Season parking permit holders can use their Western Kentucky parking pass on Saturday. Parkers are urged to keep that pass and use it when LSU plays Western Kentucky on Oct. 24.