Southeastern Louisiana Lions Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Frank Scelfo

Team Mascot: Roomie the Lion

Year Opened: 1937

Capacity: 7408

City / State: Hammond / Louisiana

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

River Bell Classic

Rival Team: Nicholls State Colonels

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.

Southeastern Louisiana vs Northwestern State

Rival Team: Northwestern State Demons

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.


Lion Walk

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.

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Roomie’s Kid Zone

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

Southeastern Louisiana Lions Stadium Guide

In Game

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.

Things to check out

Pictures on the Concourse

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

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.

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Roomie the Lion

Fans young and old love Roomie and his antics. Roomie gets into all kinds of shenanigans at Lions games, so keep an eye out for him as you wouldn’t want to miss him.

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Southeastern Cheerleaders

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.

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Southeastern Lionettes

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.

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Fight Songs

  1. Cheer Our Team

    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!

  2. Southeastern Alma Mater

    We Hail Thee,
    Now Southeastern,
    For Thee Well Always Stand;
    Thy Eager Sons and Daughters Form One United Band.
    Well Sing Thy Praises Ever From Sea To
    Shining Sea,
    And Love Thee,
    Alma Mater,
    Thru All Externity.

Southeastern Louisiana Lions Bars & Restaurants

  1. Red White & Brew

    Red White Brew

    The Red, White & Brew.... WE ARE A BAR!!! A clean and non-smoking environment to enjoy the greater New Orleans' and North Shore's best selections.

    120 E Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. The Brown Door

    Anchor Bar Beer Dega Brewhouse Beer Phoenix Grill & Bar Beer The Canadian Brewhouse Beer Lil Dickys

    Great food and drinks, nice atmosphere.

    124 N Cate St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Benny’s Place

    Bennys Place

    Great cold beers and amazing laid-back atmosphere.

    204 W Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Cate Street Pub

    Owlz Pub Sand Trap Scorpions Bar Grill

    A bar where adults can come together and have a good time, listen to some good music, enjoy good company, and unwind from life.

    116 N Cate St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Crescent Bar

    Criterion beer Mazzys Brewballs Cogans Deli Sports Pub Kamikazes Libbys Bar Grill Knot Pub Cara Irish Mess Hall

    Established in 1938, we are a hometown bar and package liquor store.

    110 W Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Blackened Brew

    Beer mug Crafty Rooster

    Great food, awesome drinks and nice service.

    112 W Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Tommy’s on Thomas


    For great food and atmosphere, Tommy's On Thomas is your destination!

    216 W Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$

  8. El Paso Mexican Grill

    El Paso Mexican Grill

    El Paso Mexican Grill is a family-owned restaurant offering you amazing meals from our own special recipes.

    1603 N Morrison Blvd, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  9. La Carreta

    La Carreta

    Excellent Traditional Mexican Cuisine with the best margaritas on the northshore!

    108 NW Railroad Ave, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  10. Brady’s

    Skewers Bar Grill Ts Lounge

    A full-service restaurant that serves delicious food and has great service.

    110 SW Railroad Ave, Hammond, LA 70403, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Hi-Ho Barbecue


    Amazingly delicious food.

    2610 W Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - bbq - $

  12. El Agave


    Amazing Mexican food, with great portions, and nice service.

    2037 W Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  13. Murphy’s Seafood Restaurant

    seafood shrimp

    Great food, wonderful service, and family atmosphere.

    1700 N Morrison Blvd, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. Tacos & Beer

    Bellos Pub and Grill

    Innovating the Mexican food experience through the constant pursuit of perfection.

    207 E Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  15. Cate Street Seafood Station

    Cate Street Seafood Station

    A culinary melting pot where visitors and locals alike can find enjoy a wide variety of Louisiana classics like gumbo and American staples like hand-made burgers.

    308 S Cate St, Hammond, LA 70403, USA

    Bar website

    american - asian - $$

  16. Jacmel Inn

    Jacmel Inn

    Serving a sophisticated range of cuisine with influences from Creole, Italian, Caribbean and Southern cooking styles, Jacmel Inn is best known for daily specials of fresh fish and hand-cut steaks.

    903 E Morris Ave, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  17. Lee’s Diner

    Tooties Restaurant Burger Galaxy Diner Burger Chicken Box Restaurant Burger Buddys BBQ Burger TJs Restaurant Burger Lazy Palm Sports Bar and Grill Burger Skids Iggys Sports Grill

    We are a locally owned and managed Family Style Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, burgers, specialty sandwiches, Po-boys, dinner and ice cream parlor.

    401 W Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  18. Your Mom’s Restaurant and Bar

    Your Mom Restaurant and Bar

    Your Mom's Restaurant and Bar is the ideal place to grab family dinner and unwind after work.

    205 E Thomas St, Hammond, LA 70401, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$