Two weeks ago, more than 102,000 fans jam-packed themselves into Tiger Stadium to watch a Top 25 showdown between then No. 8-ranked Tennessee and No. 25 LSU.
Most everyone left the stadium that day more than a little disappointed and had to battle heavy traffic, while also dealing with the fact, the Tigers had wilted under the spotlight, falling behind 20-0 early to the Volunteers, thanks mostly to special teams’ wounds the Tigers inflicted on themselves.
In short, LSU dug itself too deep of a hole to have much of a chance against the high-powered Tennessee offense, especially since the LSU offense itself could not seem to get itself on track.
Who would have thought a mere week later, LSU, behind the emergence of quarterback Jayden Daniels’ record-tying Joe Burrow-esque six-touchdown performance, would explode past Florida and, believe it or not, find itself preparing to play undefeated seventh-ranked Ole Miss this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for a share of the SEC West lead?
But that’s exactly what has happened.
When LSU and Ole Miss tangle in Tiger Stadium, the Tigers are dead set on keeping their Touchdown Trax established in Florida last week on track.
With so much riding on the outcome of the Ole Miss-LSU game this Saturday, LSU officials are bracing themselves for another capacity crowd – meaning 102,321 fans, including Tiger fans from across the state, along with thousands of Rebel fans will be converging on the stadium.
Basically, expect a ton of traffic in and out of the stadium.
Deanna Wallace and Capital Area Transit Systems (CATS), however, has its Touchdown Trax stadium transit solution you probably want to check out so you can steer clear of the traffic hassle.
“Touchdown Trax is our round-trip transit shuttle to and from LSU games,” Wallace said.
“We have three locations around town – at Hotel Indigo, L’Auberge Casino, and under the I-110 overpass near downtown. You can buy your tickets ahead of time, or you can purchase tickets the day of the game for $10 per person for round trips to and from the stadium. In short, you can avoid the traffic, park safely miles away from the stadium, and simply enjoy your day.”
The shuttle service begins three hours before kickoff, and customers of Touchdown Trax have up until one hour after the game is over to return to the shuttle for comfortable transportation back to their point of origin.
“We start taking fans to campus three hours before kickoff, and we drop you off near the LSU softball field, which is a really convenient location,” Wallace said. “Then, after the game, fans just come back to the spot where we dropped them off. It’s that simple and convenient.
“It really helps you to avoid having to find and pay for parking on campus, parking which can be very expensive the closer you get to campus, and you don’t get stuck in all of the congestion before and after.”
Wallace said Touchdown Trax has a capacity of 1,000 people and uses 20 of CATS finest vehicles for the shuttle service, including its ultra-quiet Electric Buses.
“We didn’t quite get to our 1,000 capacity for the Southern-LSU game, which, you know, was one of the highest attended games for locals in a long time,” Wallace said.
Wallace said she does not expect any issues meeting the current demand this Saturday for the Ole Miss game, but she does encourage fans to purchase their tickets for the shuttle service ahead of time online at https://www.brcats.com/page/touchdown.
Parking is readily available, and you have a variety of options near all three downtown locations, Wallace said.
“We saw a lot of Tennessee fans a couple of week ago,” Wallace said. “So, we think it’s a really good option for our out-of-town Tiger fans, and for the Tiger Bait, too.”
CATS prioritizes using buses from its electric vehicle fleet for its Touchdown Trax service, Wallace said.
“All of our buses are nice, clean buses and the air conditioning in them all works well in them.”