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BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Citing low attendance numbers at the annual Bayou Classic football game between Grambling State University and Southern University officials from the Mercedez-Benz Superdome have suggested that replacing Grambling State University may be the solution to raise the faltering gameday numbers.
“If Grambling has fallen off that bad, maybe Southern could take the lead and it could be an earned-in game and bring in somebody else,” said Robert Bruno, the commissioner of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District. “I just don’t know if Grambling can carry the load.”
These comments echo the sentiments from Southern University System Board Member Tony Clayton made in December of 2013:
“I understand the historic nature of playing Grambling … but having to split the proceeds after having the lion share of the fan base in the Superdome consistently coming from SU, just doesn’t make good economic sense,” Clayton wrote in his email. “The Bayou Classic is a numbers game, and our dear colleagues from north Louisiana just aren’t traveling down I-10 to watch the G-Men.”