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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Fifty-three days and counting until LSU football opens in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Tigers' home opener is the following week and the south side of tiger stadium is still a construction zone.

The south stadium expansion will not be finished until the 2014 football season. University officials tell me they will spend the next two months figuring out just how to make sure construction does not interrupt the game day experience for tiger fans.

"It's going to enhance the game day atmosphere for our fans and give them a more inviting presence and also taking our stadium to towards the 100,000 mark. Again to have more rowdy tiger fans inside Tiger Stadium is what we thrive for," said senior associate athletic director Eddie Nunez.

But could all of this equipment, along with closed roads and sidewalks, cause problems for the Tiger Faithful this year?

"Being that it's surrounding the whole school area, it's not very attractive to people that want to go to the game---want to be around and tailgate because it's just in the way," said LSU student Connie Chau.

Nunez says the university and contractors are trying to get all of those kinks worked out before the fall.

"As we get closer to this upcoming football season, we're going to have detailed plans as we've done in the past during our other construction projects like when we did the west side," said Nunez. "We're going to have detailed plans about how to get in and around Tiger Stadium, things to look out for, things to make it easier for a fan."

Nunez says there should not be any changes to parking or handicap accessibility. No matter what happens, the Tiger Faithful know it'll all pay off in the long run.

"Since after the spring semester, these two roads are just crazy construction. You can't even cut through to get to class anymore. It's kind of a pain, but I know it's going to look awesome in the end. I'm excited to see what they're doing," said LSU student Tyler Bennett.

9News also asked Nunez about the future of the old Tiger Stadium dorm rooms. He says as of now, the university plans to leave the dorms as they are. Nunez says it would cost a large amount of money to just get that project started, and right now they are focusing on other parts of the stadium.

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