Tailgating Baton Rouge-style during LSU Gameday

LSU Gameday

Does football season have you traveling to the Red Stick? Well then, get ready for the experience of a lifetime! You’ll know an LSU Gameday when you see it—tailgates inundating campus, grills firing up, drinks flowing and music playing.



LSU is legendary for its tailgating tradition, and it’s certainly a family affair! Take a stroll over to the infamous Parade Grounds, a central location for LSU tailgating on campus, where you’ll find some of the best Louisiana cooking. Feast your eyes on groups of Tiger Fans firing up vats of jambalaya, playing football and socializing with friends, family and even rivals!

LSU fans are notorious for their southern hospitality, so don’t be surprised if you’re invited over to a fan’s tailgate or asked to join in a Fais Do Do! If you’re in need of LSU gear, walk over to the LSU Bookstore located on campus to help you prep for game day.

Popular Tailgating Locations

Parade Grounds


This is home base for the majority of tailgaters on LSU’s campus. It’s a massive open grassy field in the center of campus, filled with revelry and the perfect backdrop for many editions of College Game Day. Bonus: if you’re there at 12 noon you’ll hear the LSU Alma Mater played from Memorial Tower that anchors the Parade Ground.

South Stadium Drive RV Row

This is where the tailgaters of all tailgaters stay. The designated row of RV parking along South Stadium Drive is tailgate space many can only dream of acquiring. RVers that can’t get their hands on this limited prime real estate can post up in the equally as enthusiastic Touchdown Villages and other RV lots.

Indian Mounds

These two Native American ceremonial mounds are part of the oldest mound system in North America. Families in particular love to tailgate around here, as their kiddos take turns rolling down and playing other games.

Greek Amphitheater

Tailgating around here is special because it is where the Golden Band from Tigerland warms up! Fans and kids go to watch and even sometimes meet them and take pictures when they’re standing by. Close to game time, the Golden Girls dancers and LSU Flag Girls meet up with the band here and they then proceed to march down Victory Hill for one of the best LSU Tailgating Traditions!

Gameday Traditions

Victory Hill March


Don’t forgot to stop by Victory Hill, and join in on one of the most well-known game-day traditions to watch the LSU coach and football team, Golden Girls and The Golden Band from Tigerland march down Victory Hill an hour and a half before game time. The 325- member band marches from the Greek Theatre to Tiger Stadium playing the “Pregame Salute” and the introduction to “Touchdown for LSU.”

Say Hi To Mike

While on campus, be sure to visit LSU's new live mascot, Mike the Tiger (Mike VII), in his state-of-the-art habitat! Go say hello and give him a gameday salute! (It's even rumored among LSU students to be good luck if you catch Mike swimming when you pass by!)



Get to your seats a half hour before game time to experience pregame, a tradition carried on by The Golden Band from Tigerland before each home game. It’s simply an experience you cannot miss. Sports fanatics be prepared…there’s nothing like a Saturday night in Death Valley!