Purple and Gold fans can leave the flasks at home cause Death Valley’s got a new option, The Chute, for those looking to toast the Tigers in victory or wash down the bitter taste of defeat with a cold brew. Any fan with a ticket can buy and drink beer in “The Chute” as long as they stay in that area.

Advocate Sports Columnist Scott Rabalais says it’s a step forward for fan equality.

“Last year they converted the very top upper deck into a premium seating area, and you could buy alcohol there. People who sit in the student section and the regular seats can’t buy alcohol.”

The bar will serve soft drinks, food, and beer, and is located on the south side of the stadium.

Currently fans are barred from drinking booze outside of premium area. Rabalais says even though the 1,250 person capacity is just a fraction of Death Valley’s total game day population, it should help LSU incentive more people to catch the Tigers live, and for the duration of games.

“Lot of people now want to tailgate and stay at that tailgate, or leave at halftime. Unless it’s a big game, or a close game, you see a huge migration of people out of tiger stadium at half time.”

LSU has been appealing he SEC’s drinking policy that limits consumption in stadiums. Rabalais says after the Chute takes off on the September 8th opening home game against Southeastern, other SEC teams are likely to notice, and rally to have the policy changed conference wide.

“This is going to be a success and I think they will try to do it more and I think other schools around the SEC will see that and try to have it changed.”

Posted on 8/24/2018 3:03:00 AM.