LSU to play in Tempe Saturday

Originally scheduled for kickoff at 7:45 in Death Valley, LSU and Arizona State will now do battle thousands of miles away in Tempe.

Word came down on Monday regarding the change in venues. Many concerns had been expressed about the ability to host another team, officials as well as an ESPN crew in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"There are considerable logistical issues that either affect the execution of a football game, or detract from providing recovery services in this time of need," said LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe. "We have collected as much information as possible and deliberated this issue carefully over the weekend, but the myriad of details and questions that remain unresolved dictate this move."

Many LSU facilities, including the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and the Carl Maddox Field House, continue to serve as places of residence for medical recovery. With such attention needed for thousands, the importance of the game's location seemed to dwindle.

"We are thankful to Arizona State University President Michael Crow, athletics department personnel and the Fiesta Bowl who have already worked out a number of local details for making this game happen in Tempe on such short notice," O'Keefe said. "They are prepared to make travel and hotel arrangements for our team and traveling party, and Arizona State has agreed to schedule a return trip to Baton Rouge in the future."

The change means that the Tigers will only host six games in Tiger Stadium during the 2005 season. The next scheduled home game remains Tennessee on September 24.

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