LSU is home to one of the best experiences in college football and does an excellent job of trying to match that experience when it comes to providing an incredible college basketball experience. While it may still pale in comparison to the one of a kind gameday party that is an LSU football game, you’ll still have a great time attending an LSU basketball game.
One of the most incredible things about attending an LSU basketball game is the sheer amount of extra things to check out around the arena. Not only are there tons of displays and exhibits dedicated to past players on the concourse, right outside the arena you’ll be able to see a live tiger. The Mike the Tiger Habitat is a must see that alone makes the trip to LSU well worth your time.
Once the game starts, you’ll be surrounded by some of the most diehard fans in existence. Football may be king at LSU, but the fans show up in strong numbers for basketball games and create an incredible in-game atmosphere. The pageantry provided by the LSU cheerleaders, the Tiger Girls, and the Bengal Brass also do a great job of making you feel like you’re watching a big-time college basketball game.
You’ll also want to stop by some local favorites like Chimes, Louie’s, and Raising Cane’s before or after the game to experience some delicious cuisine. There is also The Varsity if you want to enjoy a show after the game or Slinky’s if you’re looking to grab a drink. No matter what you’re looking to do before or after the game, you’ll have plenty of options when attending an LSU game.
Football may be the sport LSU is most known for, but attending an LSU basketball game is an unforgettable experience as well! So, book your trip to Baton Rouge today.
Things to check out
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
Shaquille O'Neal Statue
Stop by the LSU Basketball Practice Facility and snap a picture with the 900 lb bronze Shaquille O’Neal Statue. The statue honors one of the best players LSU and professional basketball history, so make sure to check it out during your trip to Baton Rouge.Watch video
LSU Hall of Fame, Pistol Pete, and Shaq Displays
All around the concourse you’ll see displays dedicated to the best athletes in LSU history. The exhibits honoring basketball greats Pistol Pete and Shaq is especially interesting for basketball fans, so arrive early and see all of the displays the concourse has to offer.
Hanging from the rafters of the PMAC are banners honoring LSU's best basketball, gymnastics, and volleyball teams and players. Check these out to remember all of your favorite Tiger memories.
Outside of the Mike the Tiger Habitat is a giant tiger statue. Stop by the statue and take a picture to commemorate your visit to see Mike before the game.
Mike the Tiger
Mike is the name of both the live and costumed versions of LSU’s official mascot. During home football games, Mike’s cage on wheels is positioned right outside the opponent’s locker room at the southeast end of the stadium, forcing the opposing team to run past him to access the field. Mike also rides through Tiger Stadium with the LSU cheerleaders before the game. When it is time for a new tiger to be found, LSU fans await the white smoke that will blow from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine signifying a new mascot has been found.Watch video
Before and during football games, fans will yell this cheer about famous food in Louisiana. “Hot boudin, cold coush-coush (pronounced koosh-koosh), come on Tigers, push push push (pronounced poosh to rhyme with koosh)!”Watch video
LSU fans will yell out “Tiger bait!” to fans from the opposing team. If you’re wearing the opposing team’s colors come prepared to be heckled when attending a Tigers basketball game.Watch video
The 60 member Bengal Brass band pumps up the crowd with their brass music throughout the game. The band play a variety of LSU favorites and will keep everyone’s energy high even when the Tigers aren’t doing well, so enjoy these talented musicians when attending an LSU basketball game.Watch video
Join in on the cheers led by the LSU Cheerleaders. These men and women do an excellent job of pumping up the crowd and are a can’t miss part of any LSU basketball game.Watch video
LSU Tiger Girls
Make sure to enjoy the LSU Tiger Girls dance team when attending a game at the Maravich Center. These talented women put on quite the show with their dance routines, so give your full attention to the court when you hear them announced.Watch video
Where stately oaks and broad magnolias
shade inspiring halls,
There stands our dear Old Alma Mater
who to us recalls
Fond memories that waken in our hearts
a tender glow,
And make us happy for the love
that we have learned to know.
All hail to thee our Alma Mater,
molder of mankind,
May greater glory, love unending
be forever thine.
Our worth in life will be thy worth we pray to keep it true,
And may thy spirit live in us, forever L-S-U.
Fight For LSU
Like Knights of old, Let’s fight to hold
The glory of the Purple Gold.
Let’s carry through, Let’s die or do
To win the game for dear old LSU.
Keep trying for that high score;
Come on and fight,
We want some more, some more.
Come on you Tigers, Fight! Fight! Fight!
for dear old L-S-U.
(Repeat “MAIN” Verse)
We are the strongest,
We are the bravest
Football team in history.
Here’s to the honor, Here’s to the glory
Marching on to victory.
Cheer for the Tigers! Cheer for the Tigers!
Tigers! Fight! Fight! Fight!
(Repeat “MAIN” Verse Again)
Hey Fightin' Tigers
Hey, Fightin’ Tigers, Fight all the way
Play, Fightin’ Tigers, win the game today.
You’ve got the know how,
you’re doing fine,
Hang on to the ball as you hit the wall
And smash right through the line
You’ve got to go for a touchdown
Run up the score.
Make Mike the Tiger stand right up and roar.
Give it all of your might as you fight tonight
and keep the goal in view.
Victory for L-S-U!
Long ago, way down in the jungle
Someone got an inspiration for a tune,
And that jingle brought from the jungle
Became famous mighty soon.
Thrills and chills it sends thru you!
Hot! so hot, it burns you too!
Tho’ it’s just the growl of the tiger
It was written in a syncopated way,
More and more they howl for the ‘Tiger’
Ev’ry where you go today
Where’s that Tiger! Where’s that Tiger!
Where’s that Tiger! Where’s that Tiger!
Hold that Tiger! Hold that Tiger!
Hold that Tiger!