Tigers fans dine with coach Les Miles

Les Miles, Skip Bertman, Gen. Ron Richard and a host of LSU dignitaries gathered in Tiger Stadium Thursday for a special luncheon.

"Lunch on the 50" was a special opportunity for Tiger fans to join Miles and LSU athletics movers and shakers for lunch inside Tiger Stadium. Huddled under a tent at midfield in Tiger Stadium, over 200 fans dined on hamburgers and chicken sandwiches while braving the searing heat of a June midday in Baton Rouge.

With the cranes buzzing and hammers clanging, construction workers scurried just overhead on the new west upper deck of Tiger Stadium as the season opener versus North Texas approaches.

LSU athletic director Skip Bertman welcomed everyone and quickly gave way to Gen. Ron Richard of the Tiger Athletic Foundation, who was quick on the draw with an update on the construction projects – most notably the west upper deck.

"I assure you there will be seats for you to sit in to see LSU beat the HELL out of North Texas," Richard said.

However, for the first time, the TAF's CEO actually said the words, "the deck will not be finished."

He explained the deck will be habitable, but added carpet will not be laid in the club level seating, stalls in the bathrooms will likely be made of plywood and approximately 1,000 seats on the north end of the west upper deck will likely not be in place for the season opener and fans will be accommodated in the visitor sections of Tiger Stadium.

Jim Hawthorne, Vice of the Tigers, introduced special guests including LSU basketball coach John Brady, softball coach Yvette Girouard, gymnastics coach D-D Breaux, track coach Dennis Shaver and a host of others.

Finally, Miles stepped to the podium and addressed the crowd for nearly 45 minutes. He spoke candidly about his tour around the state, his education on the passion of Tiger football and his excitement about taking the field for the first time.

Senior Tigers Andrew Whitworth, Kyle Williams and Rudy Niswanger were on hand as well. Speaking of the talent LSU has returning, Miles made it clear what the goals for this team entailed.

"We have a nice place to start in terms of talent and we want to finish at the highest rung," he said. "All will be disappointed if we do not finish as champions."

Miles stayed for nearly half an hour afterwards greeting each person in attendance signing autographs and shaking hands.

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