One of the most intimidating venues in all college football, Tiger Stadium serves as a significant home field advantage to the home town LSU Tigers. With recently closing in the upper deck of the south end zone, the intimidation factor has multiplied. Tiger Stadium now boasts a capacity of 102,321, making it the fifth largest college football stadium in the country.
Tiger Stadium is a particularly special venue when LSU plays at night. The Tigers have a 78% winning percentage at home under the lights compared to 50% record during the day (as of June 2013). As you make plans to visit Tiger Stadium, make sure it’s at night and against an SEC opponent.
Every fan of college football should make room for a visit to the newly expanded Tiger Stadium on their bucket list. From the intense tradition of tailgating, to one of the loudest fan bases in all of sports, it’s hard to top the experience in Death Valley.
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You'll find plenty of options to satisfy your cravings plus a little more at the varied concessions around Tiger Stadium. Your traditional stadium fare is covered with all beef hot dogs ($3.50), nachos ($4.50), burgers ($5.50), and a sausage poboy ($6) as the primary options. Additional items include popcorn ($3 for 46 ounces and $6 for huge 170 ounce bag), pretzels ($4), peanuts ($4), Cajun hot nuts ($5), and more of your basic items. I recommend the hot boudain for $5 from the main concession stands.
There are several specialty stands to choose from as well. The Dog House offers gourmet hot dogs including the popular Dikta Dog. Bayou Café serves a similar menu but also features jambalaya. There's an All-Star Lemonade and Tea stand, as well as a Sweet Spot stand which serves an assortment of snacks. In the ground level concourse, you'll find a few temporary stands including Caliente Mexican Craving, Chick-fil-A, Papa Johns, and Kona Ice. The box seats in the new south end zone expansion offers buffet style concessions.
Drink options are headlined by Coca-Cola products which range from $4 for a 22 ounce and $5 for a 32 ounce. Dasani bottled water runs from $3 for a half liter and $5.50 for a liter. Frozen lemonade is available for $5.50 and hot chocolate for $4. Tiger Stadium does not offer alcoholic beverages.
The amazing atmosphere for an LSU game starts well before you make it inside the stadium. The tailgating scene on LSU's campus is truly unreal. Fans descend onto the south side of Baton Rouge sometimes 1-2 nights before the game to begin tailgating. You'll find purple and gold tents, BBQ pits, and massive pots of jambalaya all across the campus. Many fans show up to tailgate with no plans of even going to the game. The Tiger Walk is a truly special sight where the band and spirit squads make the trek down the hill and into Tiger Stadium before kickoff. Be sure to grab a spot along the route early so you can get a good view of this mini-parade. There will be swarms of LSU fans on hand.
When you make your way inside Tiger Stadium, you'll witness the traditional LSU pregame show delivered by the Golden Band from Tiger Land. Before kickoff, the live tiger mascot, Mike VI, makes a trip around the playing surface in a cage on wheels greeting the Tiger faithful. Mike the Tiger hasn't really been feeling up to making the trip these days and his handlers allow him to decide whether to get in the cage without being forceful. So if you don't see Mike at the game, be sure to stop by his multi-million dollar facility just outside Tiger Stadium next to the PMAC during game day.
In an era of artificial playing surfaces, LSU has remained traditional with natural Celebration Bermuda Grass. Another traditional aspect of the stadium surface is the H style field goal posts. This allows the team to run straight from the tunnel through the goal posts and on to the field from the north end. A unique aspect of the field is the marking the yardline numbers by the 5s. The center of the field is painted with a purple, gold, and white eye of the Tiger.
In 2009, an 80 foot wide video board was installed in the north end zone. Listed at the top of the scoreboard are LSU's three national championship seasons: 1958, 2003, and 2007. To the right of the scoreboard are three flags, each displaying the championship years as well. Prior to the 2014 season, the south side upper level was closed in with additional seating and box suites. If you haven't been to Tiger Stadium since the construction, it's truly a new and enhanced experience.
Tiger Stadium is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the sprawling campus of Louisiana State University. Since you're in the middle of a college campus, there are not a lot of restaurants immediately around the stadium. Despite that, the LSU campus on game day becomes an active neighborhood. Just outside the stadium, several vendor booths are set up offering plenty to feed your appetite.
If you're lucky enough to be attending an LSU tailgate, don't be surprised to find plenty of great Cajun food like a huge pot of jambalaya or gumbo. If you're wearing opposing team colors, I wouldn't recommend mingling with random LSU fans because you could be asking for trouble (AKA: Tiger Bait). However, if you're in neutral or home colors, you will meet plenty of friendly fellow fans who will likely be kind enough to offer you food. Besides great tailgating food, there are a few on-campus attractions like the Jack and Priscilla Andonie Museum which chronicles LSU athletic history and Mike the Tiger's new million dollar habitat.
A short drive from the stadium will bring you plenty of additional options. A must-stop restaurant option while in town before or after the game is The Chimes. Here you'll find great Cajun dishes, seafood, and a fun college environment. The birthplace of the growing Raising Cane's restaurants is located near the campus. This quick service restaurant has some of the best fried chicken fingers and an addictive dipping sauce. The Mellow Mushroom is a good stop for pizza and a fun atmosphere. Walk-Ons is a great sports themed pub located within walking distance of Tiger Stadium across from Alex Box Stadium.
There are plenty of bars and college dives to fill up an entire fall semester. If you're looking for that kind of fun, you'll have no problem finding it. Outside of that, there are a few other attractions to check out while in town. The USS Kidd is located on the Mississippi River and offers a tour of a restored World War II Destroyer. If you are into the casino experience, check out the L'Auberge. The Louisiana State Museum offers plenty of great exhibits on the history of the Cajun state.
You will find plenty of hotels in a city the size of Baton Rouge. I recommend a stay on the LSU campus in the Cook Hotel and Conference Center which is run by the LSU Alumni Association.
Tiger Stadium is home to some of the most passionate fans in all of American sports. In fact, LSU fans are so loud that after a game winning touchdown pass on October 8, 1988, the roar of the crowd actually registered on a seismograph meter in the on-campus geology department.
It's quite a sight to see 103,000+ fans fill Tiger Stadium and yell in support of their defense. If you're an opposing fan, expect to hear endless "Tiger Bait" and "LSU, LSU, LSU" chants in your direction as you make your way to the stadium and while you're inside.
The student section is particularly rowdy. Not a down goes by without the student section joining together in unison in a chant or hand gesture. Here are some video clips found on Youtube of the various songs and chants:
When the Tigers make a first down:
The second down song:
The third down song:
When LSU stops an opponent on third down (Chinese bandits song):
Access remains one of the most difficult aspects for LSU Athletics to manage as part of the game day experience. Then again, when an estimated 300,000+ fans descend onto campus, it's nearly impossible to manage crowds without a few headaches along the way. Be sure to check out LSU's football parking website and come up with a parking game plan. Also check out the LSU football fan guide available online. With so many people planning to tailgate before the game, get to the campus and reserve your parking spot as early on game day as possible.
While getting to the stadium is a bit of a challenge, getting into the stadium is relatively less difficult. If you're heading up to the cheap seats (and I use the term loosely), you'll be pleasantly surprised to find an escalator taking you there. Getting to the upper tier is often quite a workout at stadiums of this size, but not at Tiger Stadium. There's plenty of gate availability around the stadium and you're not likely to run into long lines.
Getting around the stadium can be difficult at times. It can really be difficult at peak concession times to get around the concourse. The long concession lines block the concourse traffic forcing fans to squeeze through. Moving up and down from your seat is pretty painless with adequate spaced aisles and rows.
While attending an LSU game at Tiger Stadium is anything but inexpensive, the return on your investment is invaluable. Though you'll be out a lot of green in your pocket, the passion of LSU fans, SEC-level competition, and a great college atmosphere will deliver an elite experience. If you're buying tickets early before the season begins, you can likely score upper deck tickets for as low as $60 for non-marquee games. If you want to get seats in the lower bowl, I recommend you check out resale ticket sites and look for deals you can afford.
Outside of game tickets, you'll find higher-end concession prices and near outrageous apparel prices. However, a bonus is the availability of free parking if you plan ahead. All things considered, there's a reason 102,000+ fans consistently pack this stadium on Saturdays in the fall. Despite the high costs, the experience at Tiger Stadium is well worth the price.
LSU has a ton of extra components to the game day experience that help make the overall atmosphere elite.
The LSU tailgating scene is unrivaled in all of college football. While making your way to the stadium, you'll pass miles of LSU tailgaters, many of which have been set-up since Friday night and some even before then. About an hour before kickoff, fans pack Victory Hill to see Mike the Tiger, the Golden Girls, and the Golden Band from Tiger Land march into the stadium. The sea of purple and gold crowded together to watch the march is a pretty special sight.
LSU features their National Championships with pride. You'll notice the championship years listed on the scoreboard and on the flags next to the scoreboard as a reminder of Tiger greatness.
Bonus points definitely go out to the loyal Tiger fans. A 5 out of 5 rating just isn't good enough. If there are more passionate fans in America, they are few and far between.
LSU provides a fan guide that breaks down all the need-to-know information into a single guide. Be sure to check this out to plan your visit.
If you're hoping to listen to the game on your radio but don't know who is carrying the call, you will be happy to notice signs in the concourse announcing which radio station to tune into (currently Eagle 98.1).
Attending a game at LSU's Tiger Stadium is an experience you will never forget. It is like attending Mardi Gras, a Voodoo Ceremony, and a college football game all in the same day! They call Tiger Stadium "Death Valley" which was originally "Deaf Valley" due to the tremendous noise generated by LSU fans during games there and that name fits perfectly.
How would I describe LSU fans? LSU fans are the only fan base to have ever been officially recorded on the Richter Scale. That's right, in 1988 LSU fans erupted after a big play against Auburn that actually moved the needles at LSU's Geology Department!
LSU is located in Baton Rouge just west of New Orleans between I-10 and the Mississippi River. Actually I would almost have to call Louisiana State University a suburb of Baton Rouge due to the fact that it is on the outskirts of the city of Baton Rouge. If you are planning to attend a game at Tiger Stadium and are thinking that LSU is located in a urban setting you would be completely mistaken. Instead you will drive through one of the nicest areas of town that is filled with beautiful homes and serene lakes that gradually melts into the LSU sprawling campus.
LSU fans approach college football the same way they approach life, and that is by going all in! So if you are planning to attend an LSU game at Tiger Stadium, then you had better tighten your chin strap and brace yourself for one hell of a ride!
Having been to many games at Tiger Stadium, I have to say a night game is a must go. It is exponentially more exciting than a day game. The fans have all day to prepare for the game. While rowdy they are very good natured, except for a few, like at most places. Do your self a favor go to a night game at LSU if you have a chance, you won't be disappointed!
One of the most intimidating venues in college football, Tiger Stadium is home to the LSU Tigers and is situated on the beautiful Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tiger Stadium is home to some of the most passionate fans in American sports. In fact, LSU fans are so loud that after a game winning touchdown pass on October 8, 1988, the roar of the crowd actually registered on a seismograph meter in the on-campus geology department. Seating 92,542 spectators, Tiger Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in college football and will soon increase capacity to approximately 100,000 when an expansion is complete on in the south end zone. Additional information about the expansion can be found at preservedeathvalley.org/.
This is a rendering of what the expansion will look like upon completion (courtesy of preservedeathvalley.org):
Here's a picture of the south end zone construction as of November 2013:
Tiger Stadium was originally constructed in 1924 with a total capacity of approximately 12,000. In 1953, the stadium was completely enclosed creating a bowl and capacity reached 67,720. With the addition of west and east side upper decks, Tiger Stadium reached 92,000 in the early 2000s. Greatly enhancing the game day experience, an 80 foot wide video board was added in the north end zone in 2009.
Though Tiger Stadium is always a special place for LSU football, there is something particularly special about playing at night. LSU has a 78% winning percentage at home under the lights compared to 50% record during the day (as of June 2013). As you make plans to visit Tiger Stadium, make sure it’s at night and against an SEC opponent.
My idea of heaven!
Been going to every home game since i was little and its better every time. GEAUX TIGERS!
I had a great time at Tiger Stadium last weekend for the non-conference home opener against Sam Houston. I was impressed that the student section was full a good 30 minutes before kickoff, attributed to their 'first come first served' seating policy but it really made an impression on me that the students take it seriously to get there early.
I was impressed by how loud the crowd was, even for a cupcake game.
Unfortunately for me, I had bought a ticket to both the upper deck and lower deck to get views from both. After entering the lower deck to find my seat, I was told I would have to exit the entire stadium in order to enter the upper deck. Since I wanted to watch the game from my lower level seat, I wouldn't be able to re-enter the lower deck after checking out the upper deck because my ticket had already been scanned. This was one anomaly of Tiger Stadium that I haven't run into elsewhere- but then again, how many times do people buy two tickets to the same game!?
Overall, a great campus experience, and I would rank it high if not at the top of college football gameday experiences.
Went down to see LSU in early September, though a cool front hit with overcast clouds giving it a gentle breeze making it all the comfortable. In terms of the structure, it is nothing really of note. It is just another college football stadium. That being said, the atmosphere transforms this place into one of the best places to watch a game.
FOOD: Definitely getting your Louisiana fix with this place, with Po'boys, jambalaya, crawfish pies, etc. But get it early as most of it runs out by the 3rd quarter. Standard fare for the rest, but decent stuff. Most of it is $5 or less.
ATMOSPHERE: Gameday at LSU is practically a holiday. The tailgating scene is pretty amazing as it is one of the best I've seen anywhere. But in terms of being in the stadium, you just have that feeling of what a true homefield advantage has.
NEIGHBORHOOD: On campus so there is not a lot in the way of establishments until you get off-campus. But off campus isn't where I would want to be as it feels dirty. But if you are remaining on campus, the place around the stadium is amazing.
FANS: Friendliest bunch of fans I've seen, especially in the SEC. Knowledgeable and into the game, even if it is against a less prestigeous team against Louisiana-Monroe or if it is Alabama.
ACCESS: Not too bad if you come off of I-10, though the exits you get off you start in the slums of Baton Rouge. But when you arrive, find the baseball field as it has free parking and a nice, but not too far walk to the stadium.
ROI: If you plan it well, you can get to a game at one of the loudest venues in the nation without completely breaking the bank if you get tickets through a ticket website, find good deals on parking, and want to grab a bite at the game.
Extras: Just the loudness of the place is unbelievably amazing.
Great stadium, and not too far from New Orleans. I attended a game here the day after Thanksgiving, and the atmosphere was still thumping, with tailgating galore and a crazed fan base. It doesn't hurt that their team always seems to do really well (except maybe against Alabama).
LSU Tiger Stadium on a Saturday Night rocks. Bear Bryant said it was like playing in a drum that continues to beat before, during and after the game in your ears.
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