When it comes to tailgating at Louisiana State University, the first things to come to mind are food, family/tradition, and a whole lot of fun. Many people who tailgate at LSU have been doing so for many years and in some cases, for multiple generations. Because of this, the tailgating scene often feels like a massive family reunion. One of the most notable aspects of tailgating at LSU is the food that many will share; jambalaya, gumbo, multiple types of seafood, or even alligator if Florida is in town. It is definitely in your best interest to come to an LSU tailgate hungry and ready to party.
In Tiger country, getting to campus even three hours before kick-off is considered late, and for the die-hard Tiger fans, borderline offensive as tailgating is just as much of a sport as the actual football game. A majority of LSU tailgaters will begin their game day celebration five hours before kick-off in the many lots surrounding Tiger Stadium; some fans will even show up on a Thursday before the game to set up their tailgate, especially the motor home, tent, and RV tailgaters.
Louisiana State University has been consistently ranked as one of the top tailgating locations in the United States. With accolades such as “The Top Tailgating Destination in America” (ESPN.com) and “The Best Tradition in College Football” (The Sporting News), it’s no wonder that the tailgating scene regularly draws in over 90,000 fans to Tiger Stadium.
One of the must-see pregame events at LSU is the team walk from Victory Hill. The LSU football players, coaches, cheerleaders, and Mike the Tiger (in his cage, of course) walk down Victory Hill on North Stadium Drive before each home game at Tiger Stadium. Thousands of fans will line up to greet and cheer on their team, firing them up for a great day of football inside Death Valley. You’ll have a great time cheering on the Tigers as they enter the stadium before taking the field.
Another great LSU tailgating tradition is the LSU Salutes Tailgate. Every year the home game weekend closest to Veterans Day is reserved for a celebration and memorial for graduates of the Ole War Skule. LSU is behind only the service academies and A&M in sending officers to WWII and the mandatory ROTC enrollment for freshmen and sophomores only ended in 1969. Ceremonies include a memorial service on the parade grounds which entails the induction of a few service members into the Hall of Honor, a flyover, and a 21 gun salute from the artillery battery.
No matter what time of the year you go to Baton Rouge, you’ll have a great time tailgating. The unique and delectable cuisine combined with the good old Louisiana style hospitality makes a trip to LSU a treat that any tailgater will love.
LSU Salutes Tailgate
Every year the home game weekend closest to Veterans Day is reserved for a celebration and memorial for graduates of the Ole War Skule. LSU has a strong military history with mandatory ROTC enrollment for freshmen and sophomores only ending in 1969, so come out and show your support for the military during this special tailgate.Watch video
Mike the Tiger Habitat
Situated between Tiger Stadium and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center is the home of Mike the Tiger, the official mascot of Louisiana State University. Mike’s habitat consists of a variety of plants, a waterfall, a flowing stream that empties into a wading pond, and rocky plateaus. The habitat also serves as a research and conservation center that offers educational and recreational activities.Watch video
Where to tailgate
Purple LotsThere are some concrete spots near the Law School, which fill up quickly as there are not many of them. Parker Coliseum and Kirby Smith also provide paved spots to park and tailgate before the game. The Hayfield and Levee lots are big grass areas ideal for RVs and other larger sized vehicles/tailgates.
Blue LotsAside from the parking garage which is $80, the rest of the blue lots are $40. These lots also are the central campus area for tailgating, AKA where the magic happens. Many of the tailgaters in this area have been tailgating in the same spot for years and are diehard LSU fans with an even bigger appetite. What’s on the menu at a Louisiana tailgate? Duck and oyster gumbo, stuffed quail, Cajun sausage, rabbit, deer sauce picante, the list goes on and on so if possible, make your way over to the blue lots and spend the money to ensure a great day of tailgating.
The Parade GroundsThis area is where a lot of LSU fans (as well as opposing team fans) will spend their time tailgating and cooking traditional Louisiana food before kickoff. The parade grounds are a huge grassy area near the student union where many fans will drink their favorite brew or bourbon, toss around a football, and enjoy fellow Tiger fans company while waiting for the Tigers to take the field. This is also where the GameDay stage will be set up if ESPN is in town.
The ChimesIf you prefer the bar scene over your standard tailgate then visiting The Chimes is a must. This favorite seafood and burger joint proudly serves over thirty beer options on tap including local brews such as Abita and Nola.