Another LSU home opener affected by lightning

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Tiger Stadium with downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the north, obscured by rain. Lightning in the area delayed the kickoff for LSU’s home opener against Jacksonville State on Sept. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Brett Martel)

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Lightning is striking again at LSU, delaying the start of a home opener at Tiger Stadium for a second straight season.

A year ago, prolonged lightning wound up canceling LSU’s season opener against McNeese State. Many fans stuck around for several hours of bad weather, late into that Sept. 5th night before officials finally decided a little after 10:30 p.m. local to call the game off.

On Saturday, players from Jacksonville State and LSU were on the field for warmups when lightning struck about 90 minutes before kickoff. Under NCAA rules, they were required to clear the field.

NCAA rules require the field to be cleared for about 30 minutes after a nearly lightning strike, followed by a 20-minuts warmup. But lighning persisted until shortly before the scheduled 6:35 p.m. Central Time kickoff.

Fans undaunted by the rumbling thunder were sent scrambling for the exits anyway, when a brief downpour began.

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