In New Orleans, Amie Just notes LSU is "adding a second alcohol-selling venue in Tiger Stadium, after the first one was met with widespread success." LSU Senior Associate AD/External Communications Robert Munson said that the second Chute location "has not been pinned down yet, but it will operate within the same parameters of the first." Munson said that the area's capacity of approximately 1,250 was "met at the first Chute at some point during every game" in '18. Munson added that more alcohol-selling venues "could be on the horizon as well" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 2/12). Meanwhile, "beer and wine are coming" to LSU's baseball venue with the addition of "The Yard." Tented areas in the right and left field corners of Alex Box Stadium will "open two hours before first pitch and will close at the end of the seventh inning" (NOLA.com, 2/11).
SETTING THE STAGE: In Philadelphia, Corey Sharp noted Lincoln Financial Field will "become a hockey rink in less than two weeks" for the Penguins-Flyers Stadium Series matchup. The NHL has "officially taken over the stadium and begun preparations to convert the field to a rink." NHL Senior Manager/Facility & Hockey Operations Derek King said that it takes "about a week to turn the rink into a playable surface." On Thursday, King's staff will "begin making the ice" (PHILLY.com, 2/11).
SHOWING OFF NEW SWAMP: The full-scale renovation of the Univ. of Florida's Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium "features a 360-degree open concourse, increased seating capacity with chair-back seats, shade structures for fans, an elevated press box, office space, expanded dugouts, a larger lounge and a new locker room." The Gators will "unveil" the $15M renovation to the softball venue tonight (GAINESVILLE SUN, 2/12).