1. Homestyle Cajun Cooking
Louisiana is Cajun country, and that means if you come to Lafayette you better be ready to enjoy some delicious Cajun food. When making your way through the tailgate at Louisiana – Lafayette you’ll be met with the mouth-watering aromas of heavenly Cajun food from jambalaya to gumbo Ragin Cajun fans has you covered. If you love Cajun food then you’ve got to come out to a UL- Lafayette tailgate for a can’t miss Cajun cuisine experience.
2. Stadium Atmosphere
The Cajuns have hands down the best fan support in the Sun Belt and ever since winning the New Orleans Bowl in 2011, the UL-Lafayette fans have really kicked it up a notch. The low-lying nature of the stadium creates the perception that the fans are all around you as it simulates the feeling of playing in a valley. The intimidating atmosphere is sure to make a visit to Cajun Field an experience to remember for fans as well as opponents.
3. Unique Fan Experience
Ragin’ Cajun games provide an experience that is unique to Louisiana. Not only is it not uncommon to see hearses and caskets adorn with Ragin’ Cajun logos, but many fans you encounter here will also speak Cajun as well. The fans, as well as the cuisine at a UL- Lafayette game, creates a Cajun style experience that can’t be found anywhere else.
4. Stadium Arrival
Before every game, the Ragin’ Cajuns board a bright red bus that takes the team through the town to the stadium as they are cheered on by adoring fans. Once the team arrives at the stadium, they are led in by the band, and cheer squad as the fans continue to cheer them on. Make sure to show your support for the Cajuns by cheering them on when they pass you by on game day.
5. The Value
Ragin’ Cajun football games provide an incredible experience at a low price. Tickets will usually run you around $20, which will leave you plenty of extra cash to spend at the concessions stands where you’ll find reasonably priced items such as burgers, hot dogs, and pretzels. Cajun games provide excellent family fun at an affordable price, so bring the kids out for an exciting game of football at Cajun Field.
6. Unique Mascot
Louisiana- Lafayette has one of the most unique mascots in college sports. The nickname ragin’ cajuns originated in 1963 when football coach Russ Faulkinberry changed the name from Bulldogs to acknowledge the school’s location within Acadiana. The nickname has stuck ever since and even influenced the creation of the school’s mascot, which is a cayenne pepper. Cajun heritage runs deep at UL-Lafayette helping create a mascot identity that is distinctive to the region.
7. Battle of the Bayou
The Battle of the Bayou between UL- Lafayette and UL- Monroe began in 1951 and had taken place every year since 1953. UL- Monroe may have won the first meeting 13-6, but since then things have been tightly contested with UL- Lafayette holding a 26-24 all-time series lead. A traveling trophy in the shape of a wooden boot was added in 2002, which only furthered the bragging rights that came along with winning this game. The Battle of the Bayou is one of the fiercest rivalries in the Sun Belt, and a must see for any college football fan.
8. Ragin' Roar
Ragin’ Roar is the largest pep rally at the University of Louisiana- Lafayette, which takes place before the first Ragin’ Cajuns home football game of the season. This time-honored tradition is a great way for students to show off their school spirit as well as a great way to start off the season, so join in on the fun.
9. Krewe de Chew
If you’re not looking to set up your tailgate, meet up with the Krewe de Chew who are very welcoming and provide a plentiful array of tailgate dishes. The Krewe de Chew are a group of die-hard Ragin’ Cajuns fans who put on a fantastic tailgate open to both fellow Cajuns fans as well as visiting fans. Join the Krewe de Chew for a delicious Cajun tailgate that will satisfy any appetite.
10. Famous Alumni
Not many schools can boast having produced multiple players who have gone on to have successful NFL careers, but Louisiana- Lafayette can. The Ragin’ Cajuns have many notable alumni including former Panther standout Jake Delhomme, who made the Pro Bowl in 2005 and went to the Super Bowl in 2003. A program the quality of the Ragin’ Cajuns is sure to produce more NFL stars in the future, so a Cajuns game is the perfect chance to check out future NFL standouts.