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Superfan

By Claire Salinas

With the season wrapped up and Tiger Stadium sitting empty, one dedicated fan already has his eyes on cheering the Tigers into the next season.

Kyle Close has been attending games with his family’s season tickets since infancy, and for the past two years of his college career, his LSU Superman has scored him some major time on the Jumbotron. If you ask him, he’ll tell you that it takes a certain combination to create a tried-and-true Tigers fan.

“There’s no true agenda, basically don’t be too cool for anything, and be ready to participate and give everything you’ve got.”

Keeping everything the same
Close has seen enough games to realize that bad things happen when he changes his wardrobe. To help the Tiger avoid any pitfalls, Close wears the same basic pieces to every game.

“I’m actually very superstitious, I wear the same socks, same undershirt, same shirt, same shorts and same shoes,” Close said. “Every time I change something up it seems like we lose, so I try to avoid changing anything up.”

Close admitted that, unfortunately, he made a change during the LSU Bowl Games.

“I think I wore gloves for the bowl games, so we can’t be sure, but that could be one of the reasons we lost.”

Loyalty
To Close, loyalty is one of the key elements of any super fan.

“I think my loyalty is shown by all the time I put into the games and the fact that I’m going to LSU now.”

Close and his friends are so dedicated that they once spent an entire day waiting for good seats at the Bama game.

“We actually get in line very early, say four to five hours beforehand.  For the Alabama game we were actually in line 12 hours before kickoff,” Close said. “It’s first come first serve for students. If you want the front row you have to be there first, so that’s what we do.”

Unity
If you spend as much time in the stadium as Close has, the sense of a shared goal is clear. Close said the student section has the same passion in mind, and together they express it.

“I just feel like the student section is one unit. We have one job, to be as loud as possible and support the team, and we give it everything we’ve got for the whole game, and try to get our team to win.”

Close believes the team reaps benefits from the unity of the students.

“Thanks to my major in sports administration I have classes with a lot of the players. Knowing them does enhance the experience, because they know I’m there and I know they’re there.”

At every game he attends, Close feels the unity.

“I enjoy the energy that Tiger Stadium brings every week. The people I’m around, we’re all in it together,” Close said. “There’s no true agenda, basically don’t be too cool for anything, and be ready to participate and give everything you’ve got.”

Even though Close will be graduating this year, he still plans to attend the games, and sit in the same spot his family has held season tickets for, for the past 23 years, next to the student section, cheering on his beloved Tigers.

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