Northwestern State Demons Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Brad Laird

Team Mascot: Vic the Demon

Year Opened: 1975

Capacity: 15971

City / State: Natchitoches / Louisiana

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

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Northwestern State Demons vs McNeese State Cowboys

Rival Team: McNeese State Cowboys

The rivalry between McNeese State and Northwestern State began in 1951, and it has been going strong ever since. The Cowboys hold a 44-21-1 lead in the all-time series, so come out and cheer them on the Demons as they try to narrow the gap.

NSU Challenge

Rival Team: Nicholls State Colonels

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 come to town as the NSU Challenge is always one of the best matchups of the year.

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Northwestern State Demons vs Southeastern Louisiana Lions

Rival Team: Southeastern Louisiana Lions

The Northwestern State-Southeastern Louisiana rivalry is one of the oldest in the Southland having been played every year since 1951. The Lions hold a slim 26-22 lead in all-time rivalry, so you’ll likely see a close matchup when attending a game between these two Southland Conference rivals.

Chief Caddo

Rival Team: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

The winner of the annual rivalry game between Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin takes home Chief Caddo as well as bragging rights. The rivalry began in 1957 and Northwestern State holds a 30-20-2 lead in the all-time series. You won’t want to miss the Demons extend their lead in the all-time series, so make sure to be in attendance when the Demons and Lumberjacks square off.

Northwestern State Demons Tailgate Guide


If you’re going to a Northwestern State football game, make sure to arrive early and enjoy Donald’s Demon Alley before the game. Donald’s Demon Alley is the best place to tailgate before the game and features everything you need to throw an incredible tailgate bash, including water, electrical hook ups, and even cable TV.

At Donald’s Demon Alley, you’ll tailgate side by side with some of the biggest Demons fans out there. These fans tailgate before every Northwestern home football game, and even some away games, and as a result are masters of their trade. Bring something to share, and you’ll make friends quickly providing you with the opportunity to enjoy some of their wares.

When it comes to tailgating football fans in Louisiana are pros, so come prepared to tailgate hard and have fun when pre-gaming before a Northwestern State football game.

Where to tailgate

Northwestern State Demons Stadium Guide

In Game

A Northwestern State football game is an excellent experience for any football fan in Louisiana. If you’re looking to experience the college gameday experience without breaking the bank by attending an LSU, then a Northwestern State Demons game is a fantastic option. Not only is Northwestern State home to a great tailgating scene, but it also features a fun in-game experience as well.

Harry Turpin Stadium is an excellent place to spend a fall Saturday and is home to all kinds of in-game entertainment. The Spirit of Northwestern band puts on a great performance throughout the game, and the mascot and spirit squads will also keep you entertained.

Not to be outdone, the Demons football teams themselves are no slouches either. The Demons have gone undefeated at home five times and amassed a .685 winning percentage at home since 1977, meaning you’ll get to see some good football when watching the Demons.

A Northwestern State football game is a great experience for any FCS football fan, so get your tickets today.

Things to check out

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Spirit of Northwestern

The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band puts on a fantastic show at Demons football games. The band’s pregame and halftime shows are incredible, and their music throughout the game creates a great atmosphere throughout the game. Enjoy the band as they’re one of the best parts of any Northwestern State game.

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Vic the Demon

Fans young and old will love Vic the Demon’s antics. Vic gets into all kinds of trouble at games and is quite the hoot, so keep an eye out for him when taking in a game at Harry Turpin Stadium.

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Cheer and Dance Teams

The cheer and dance teams at Northwestern State will dazzle you with their routines. The cheer team pumps up the crowd with their chants, and the dance team will keep you entertained with their incredible dance moves. Don’t miss the performances of either group when attending a Demons game.

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Fight Songs

  1. NSU Fight Song

    Go ye Demons take the field
    Northwestern Demons never yield
    Fight Demons win tonight
    Victory is on our side

    (Go, Fight, Win)

    Purple and White shall ever reign
    Filling the air with battle strain
    So, Demons forever stand
    And fight for dear old Demonland!

    Repeat (Then Yell)


  2. Northwestern State University Alma Mater

    Oh, Alma Mater here today,
    We for thy lasting blessings pray,
    We know not where our paths may go,
    But, thou’ll uphold us still we know,
    Unchanging thou, ‘mid changes vast,
    Unswerved from ideals of the past,
    Steadfast and true, our watchword e’re shall be –
    To thee, our Alma Mater, Loyalty!

    Thy trees their solemn chorus bend about thee,
    Flowers their censers blend.
    Our voices swell their murmuring strain,
    Our hearts repeat the old refrain,
    Thy purpose high to carry on Northwestern,
    Thou has honor won! Steadfast and true,
    Our watchword e’re shall be –
    To thee, our Alma Mater, Loyalty!

    In after years, when far away,
    Thy presence strong will near us stay,
    And as the echo of our son will,
    With new courage, lead us on;
    And to our eager vision then
    Each subtle memory meaning lend,
    Steadfast and true, our watch-
    Word e’re shall be –
    To thee, our Alma Mater, Loyalty!

Northwestern State Demons Bars & Restaurants

  1. Papa’s Bar & Grill

    Papas Bar Grill

    Mama's and Papa's offers a 'laid back' atmosphere infused with good food, great drinks and awesome service!

    604 Front St, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  2. Pioneer Pub

    Bellas Pizza of Bristol Pizza Don Vitos Italian Restaurant Pizza Chiefs Place PIzza Pizza Patriot Pub & Grub Pizza Robertos Pizza Ranias Restaurant Pizza The Prescott Pizza Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille Pauls Deli Restaurant Wildcat Angelas Ristorante Pizzeria

    Great food and super friendly staff.

    812 Washington St, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Sam’s Southern Eatery

    Sams Southern Eatery

    Bringing great Southern cuisine to the people.

    303 Natchitoches-Winnfield Hwy, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Huddle House

    Star Lite Dining Lounge

    When you combine freshly prepared home-style cooking with genuine Southern hospitality, a half-century of tradition, and a lively American diner that serves any meal any time of the day or night, you get Huddle House—your hometown family restaurant.

    5306 University Pkwy, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  5. El Patio Mexican Restaurant

    Pacos Mobile Tacos

    Nice ambience, great food and excellent service.

    5412 University Pkwy, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  6. Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant

    Maglieauxs Riverfront Restaurant

    Here at Maglieaux’s we’ve put together a menu that combines our family’s Italian heritage, and the Creole culture of Louisiana. Some of the Italian recipes you will enjoy have been handed down for generations in our family, and some are traditional recipes with their roots dating back to the Roman Empire.

    805 Washington St, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  7. Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant

    Lasyone Meat Pie Restaurant

    Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant is an authentic soulful Creole Cuisine experience.

    622 2nd St, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$