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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 10:54 am

Louisiana State officials have no current plans to change next week’s home game vs. Arizona State, but at least 1,200 Sun Devil fans who had planned to

travel to Louisiana will stay home.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, LSU postponed its Saturday game vs. North Texas. But the ASU game, set for 5:45 p.m. Sept. 10, remains a go for now.

"We’d like to play it here if at all possible," said Kent Lowe, the school’s senior associate sports information director.

Classes were canceled this week as portions of the campus are being used to house people in need.

The current plan is for students, faculty and staff to return on Tuesday.

Most of the damage in the Baton Rouge area —80 miles north of New Orleans — is confined to downed trees and power lines along with roof damage, Lowe said.

"We’re very lucky compared to those south of us," Lowe said.

The Sun Angel Foundation had organized a trip for about 340 ASU fans. They were going to stay in New Orleans Friday night, take a bus up to the game in Baton Rouge, then return to spend Saturday night in New Orleans.

Beyond this, many fans were going to spend extra time in New Orleans. But hotels are not expected to be available now in New Orleans and many others around the state are booked up.

The Sun Angels, an ASU athletic support organization, canceled the trip Tuesday after learning the downtown hotel they booked — though free from flooding — has no power or water and isn’t expected to be fully operational for a month.

Bridget Arenson had worked on arranging the trip for nine months but kept the matter in perspective.

"People lost their lives," she said. "We’re missing a football game."

Another 870 fans had planned to travel through the ASU Alumni Association, but the group also has canceled. The association is trying to stage a send-off rally for the team on Thursday.

Other fans had planned to travel on their own.

Mark Allen, a Phoenix tax attorney, had planned to be part of a group of eight people who were planning to stay in New Orleans while attending the game.

"It looks doubtful, but we’ll play it by ear," Allen said.

Allen purchased his plane tickets online, so he’s hoping he’ll get his money back if he can’t go.

But he’s not complaining, either.

Though he’d love to visit the Bayou State, "It doesn’t mean much compared to what those people are going through."

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