What do you get when you take over 100,000 passionate fans, a storied national football program, 4:15 am arrival times, suckling pigs, and a Tiger? This is just a normal Saturday in Baton Rouge and LSU football tailgating. Here is what to expect at LSU tailgating.
When planning your tailgate, the most important thing to do before you arrive is have your menu prepared! You need to know what you will be cooking on gameday and have all of the appropriate prep work done before you arrive. Here is some inspiration for your gameday menu based upon what I saw while tailgating in Baton Rouge.
LSU tailgaters take their food seriously. They are known for having some of the best tailgating food in the country. Sure there are burgers and dogs, but why have those when you can have cajun food! All over campus the delicious aromas of cajun and creole spices fill the air! Here are a few of the dishes that you will find LSU fans cooking up.
Fried alligator tail….
Fried frog legs…
A bacon explosion…
Cajun microwaves filled with a variety of meats and….A cochon del lait! (full cooked suckling pig).
I could write pages recounting the amazing food found at LSU, but that wouldn’t begin to do it justice. The only way to truly appreciate and understand the amazing items tailgaters in Baton Rouge create is to head down to Baton Rouge for game day and see it for your self!
When deciding what to wear for an LSU tailgate. Purple and Gold is the only answer. It can be anything as long as it is purple and gold. Here are some of the tailgating fashions you will find on game day in Baton Rouge.
LSU’s cajun influences come out with the spelling of Go. In Baton Rouge Go Tigers isn’t acceptable. You have to say “Geaux Tigers! ”
Many schools have their students tailgate on campus. Tailgaters at LSU take the “on campus” part of tailgating literally. Imagine having electrical engineering classes during the week in one building and then on game days spend your Saturday tailgating festivities in the same building!
Engineering isn’t the only subject that tailgating invades on Saturdays. The whole campus is opened up to tailgaters!
Some tailgaters even derive their group names from where on campus the tailgate.
With Tiger stadium being right on campus, the thousands of tailgaters who arrive in Baton Rouge on game day literally take over campus ! Here are some more sites from all over LSU’s campus on game day.
While a lot of tailgaters take to the large grass areas on campus, the RV scene parks in the large parking lots adjacent to campus.This group of tailgaters is massive hundreds of RVs arrive before and on game day. You could spend hours walking around and checking out the RV scene. If you are an RV tailgater, you will definitely find an amazing atmosphere here.
There are also a large series of parking lots outside the stadium that I didn’t have time to make it to. With well over 100,000 tailgaters in Baton Rouge on game days, there is almost too much to see and do on game day!
Wherever you decide to tailgate in Baton Rouge, make sure you get there early! Tiger fans take their tailgating seriously and arrive very early for their games. When I was there for a 2:30pm kickoff, I met several tailgaters who arrived at 4:15am.
While tailgating at LSU, it may be hard to leave the tents of delicious food, but if you are able to tear yourself away for a little bit, you have to check out Mike the Tiger and his habitat. No, I am not talking about a guy wearing a suit. LSU has a live tiger named Mike and….
he has a beautiful enclosure that is located right across the street from Tiger Stadium. If you get there earlier enough, you will be able to see him in his enclosure before he goes for a little ride. Like other schools, LSU has a walk that their players make into the stadium, what makes theirs special is Mike.
He rides behind a truck and does a lap around the stadium before the players take the field. After Mike passes by, the players, coaches and band make their way through.
Fans then either make their way into the stadium or head back to their tailgates. Tiger Stadium seats 92,00 fans, but on game day there are far more than 92,000 people tailgating. Thousands of fans watch the game at their tailgating tents..
With only one trip to Baton Rouge for game day, I believe I am still in the shallow end of the preverbial LSU tailgating pool. There is so much more to see and taste. I will definitely need a few more Saturdays outside Tiger Stadium to truly understand what game day in Baton Rouge really is.
If you decide to head down to LSU on game day make sure you check out their current tailgating policies in the tailgating resources section.