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 Nicholls State comes to town.
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.
Southeastern Louisiana Lions Tailgate Guide
If you want to get the full experience of attending a Southeastern Louisiana Lions football game, then arrive early and enjoy the tailgating atmosphere. Tailgating is a huge part of the football culture in Louisiana, and it’s no different in Hammond as the fans come out in large numbers to tailgate before the game. Everywhere you look inside Friendship Circle you’ll see Lions fans grilling and throwing back drinks with their friends and family.
Even if you aren’t in the Friendship Circle, there is still plenty of tailgating fun to be had thanks to Southeastern Louisiana’s open tailgating policy. Just set up your tent and grill pretty much anywhere on campus to get a raging tailgate party going.
In addition to the incredible tailgating action, you also won’t want to miss the Lion Walk before the game. The Lion Walk takes place two and a half hours before the game starts and gives you a chance to see all your favorite players before the game.
The pregame atmosphere at Southeastern Louisiana is superb, so come out early and enjoy a full day of tailgating before a Lions game.
The Lion Walk takes place two and a half hours before kickoff and is your chance to give the Lions some last minute encouragement before the game. There is no better way to get into the Southeastern Louisiana game day spirit, so make sure to take part in this fun event.
Those of you who are taking the kids to the game will want to stop by Roomie’s Kid Zone. Here you’ll find a wide variety of family activities including inflatables making it a great place for kids to spend some time before the game.
Where to tailgate
Friendship CirclePut yourself at the heart of the Southeastern Louisiana tailgating action by reserving a spot in Friendship Circle. Here you’ll find all of the biggest tailgates and pre-game events making it the perfect place to tailgate before the game.
Open TailgatingDon’t worry if you don’t get a space in Friendship Circle as Southeastern Louisiana offers open tailgating around campus. You can tailgate pretty much anywhere on campus here giving you plenty of space to set up your tailgate party.
Southeastern Louisiana Lions Stadium Guide
You’ll find a festive atmosphere inside Strawberry Stadium on Saturdays in the fall as people come from all over the Hammond area to support the Lions. The stands are packed full of fans dressed in green and gold creating a fun in-game atmosphere.
The fans aren’t the only ones who make attending a Lions game a fun and memorable experience the spirit groups are also top-notch. The Spirit of the Southland Band will entertain you with their pregame and halftime shows as well as their in-game music. You also won’t want to miss the performances of the Southeastern Louisiana Lionettes and Cheerleaders who will dazzle you with their routines. Finally, make sure to be on the lookout for Roomie and give him a high-five if you see him in the stands.
There’s always a fun atmosphere inside Strawberry Stadium, so get your tickets to a Lions game today.
Take a walk around the concourse and see all the pictures of past Lions greats. The pictures are an excellent way to relive Lions football history and help make Strawberry Stadium feel like the home of the Lions.
The Spirit of the Southland puts on a fantastic show at every Lions football game. The band is a can’t-miss part of any Southeastern Louisiana football game, so stay in your seat when you see them take the field.
Join the Southeastern Cheerleaders as they cheer on the Lions to victory. The cheerleaders do a fantastic job pumping up the crowd with their stunts and chants, so follow their lead and give the Lions an incredible home field advantage.
The Southeastern Lionettes will dazzle you with their dance routines. The dance team's performances are always some of the best parts of any Lions football game, so don’t miss them during your visit to Strawberry Stadium.
Cheer for Southeastern’s noble Gold and Green
Cheer our team on to victory
We’ve got to play this game to win the day
We’ve got to play hard, get in there and make it pay
It’s time to fight on to a victory
Stand up and roar with all your might
Go! Go! Lions, go!
Get out and fight, fight, fight!
Southeastern Alma Mater
We Hail Thee,
For Thee Well Always Stand;
Thy Eager Sons and Daughters Form One United Band.
Well Sing Thy Praises Ever From Sea To
And Love Thee,
Thru All Externity.