1. Colonel Football Tailgate Concert Series

If you enjoy live music, then you’ll love tailgating at Nicholls State. Each Colonels home game features a pregame concert that you won’t want to miss, so get here early and enjoy the performance.

2. Pride of Nicholls

The Pride of Nicholls puts on a fantastic pre-game and halftime show and is a must-see part of any Colonels football game. The marching band also livens up the game with their tunes, making them one of the best parts of any game.

3. Nicholls Colonelettes and Color Guard

You won’t want to miss the performances of the Nicholls Colonelettes or the Nicholls Color Guard. Both groups’ routines are can’t-miss parts of the game, so don’t leave your seat when you see either one take the field.

4. River Bell Classic

The winner of the annual rivalry matchup between Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana takes home the River Bell Trophy. The rivalry between these two Louisiana-based schools dates back to 1972. However, the rivalry was on hiatus from 1986 to 2004. You won’t want to miss it when the Colonels and Lions square off, so make sure to be in attendance when Southeastern Louisiana comes to town.


5. Colonel Tillou

Colonel Tillou is the official mascot of Nicholls State and is beloved by Nicholls State fans young and old. Keep an eye out for Colonel Tillou as he gets into all kinds of antics during the game.

6. Nicholls Cheerleaders

The Nicholls Cheerleaders co-ed team will pump you up with their cheers and chants. Nobody does a better job of riling up the crowd than the cheerleaders, so join in their cheers and help propel the Colonels to victory.

7. NSU Challenge

Nicholls State and Northwestern State play annually in the NSU Challenge. The rivalry began in 1973 and has been one of the key fixtures each year since then. Over the years, the Demons have amassed a 28-16 lead in the all-time series. Don’t miss it when the Colonels and Demons meet as the NSU Challenge is always one of the best matchups of the year.


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8. Student Tailgate Area

The student tailgate area is the perfect place to tailgate before the game if you’re a Nicholls State student. Here you’ll be able to tailgate to your heart’s content as there is plenty of partying, food, and beer.

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