Where To Be
The harder question would be where not to be. LSU’s campus rests on more than 2,000 acres of land, and nearly every piece of space available is taken. The university caters to the party making their gameday unlike any other in the country. One word of advice though would be to get here early, and by early I mean 5:00 A.M. If there is an open spot, pop up your tent, as anywhere is free game. River Rd runs along the banks of the Mississippi River on the west side of campus, and anywhere from here east to W Lakeshore Dr will be stacked with Cajun tailgaters. Stadium Dr and Nicholson Dr on the west side of the stadium are usually packed with alumni with huge tailgate set ups, while students tend to stick to Dalrymple Dr and War Memorial Field. If you are visiting and don’t have any particular place to be, grab a rolling cooler, and as much booze as you can pack in it, and just start walking the campus. You are sure to run into endless Cajuns who are ready to bring you in as one of their own and feed you as many bowls of jambalaya as you can handle. A lot of visiting fans over the years have accused Tiger fans as obnoxious and unwelcoming, however I have never encountered this, and actually think they are some of the most welcoming fans in the land.
Tailgating Rules & Regulations
Live musical bands and other live performances are not allowed at tailgating sites.
Caterers must have proper parking permits to be admitted to private tailgate areas in reserved lots.
Cookers on trailers are not allowed in reserved lots, and no cooker at any location on campus may be larger than a 55-gallon drum (23″ in diameter x 35″ long). Cookers may not be placed in travel lanes or in parking spaces. Cookers may not be placed inside buildings. (Revised: 2007)
Cooking is not permitted under building entrances, patios, covered walks or on any exposed aggregate, ornamental concrete, brick pavers, etc., where grease drippings can stain surfaces. Cooking is not permitted on Memorial Plaza or the War Memorial.
Fans may not erect or remove fencing or barricades of any type (permanent or temporary) on the LSU campus.
Charcoal must be disposed of properly. Please do not place charcoal or other flammables in trash cans, under trees or leave it in the parking areas.
Companies may not issue sample products without being properly licensed by the University. Food, drink, and other items may neither be sold nor given to the general public.
Portable electrical generators are permitted, but are discouraged. For temporary electrical needs, LSU recommends the use of battery operated inverters that convert the battery current to house current. These recommended devices do not generate hazardous carbon monoxide emissions, do not require gasoline cans and resultant hazards, and do not create noise that is potential damaging to hearing and a nuisance to fellow tailgaters. The operation of portable electrical generators that create excessive noise, emission hazards or other safety concerns will not be permitted.
Glass containers are strongly discouraged for use during tailgating activities.
Motorized Vehicles (Go Carts, Etc.)
Golf carts, mopeds, scooters, ATVs, go carts and other custom motorized vehicles are not permitted on the LSU campus unless authorized by LSU.
Music must be confined to your tailgate area and speakers must be directed into your tailgate party. All music must be turned off by midnight the night before games and by 2 a.m. after games. Tailgaters are encouraged to contact LSU Police at (225) 578-3231 when music from another tailgate party becomes a nuisance.
Political signage that implies endorsement of any political candidate or any political issue may not be displayed nor may political materials be distributed without prior approval by LSU. Contact the LSU Office of Finance and Administrative Services at (225) 578-3386 prior to game day for information on the approval process. Parking permits do not imply a permit to conduct political activity.
Individuals may not arrange to bring portable restrooms onto campus. LSU provides port-o-lets and restrooms in many buildings throughout campus for the convenience of fans.
Security and Safety
It is the responsibility of each tailgate party to secure tailgate items prior to entering the stadium. Tailgaters should lock food, beverages and valuables out of sight in vehicles; extinguish all fires or flames; unplug electrical outlets; secure barbecue pits, chairs, and ice chests; and store beverages in locked containers.
Sidewalks and Bike Paths
Tailgating is not permitted on sidewalks, bike paths and landscaped areas.
Signage and Banners
Banners and signage recognizing businesses may not be displayed nor may promotional materials be distributed without prior approval by LSU.
Solicitations of any kind within LSU facilities or on LSU premises are prohibited unless specifically approved by LSU. The distribution of flyers or leaflets on parked vehicles is expressly prohibited.
LSU discourages the use of tents larger than 10′ by 10′. Tents may not be staked into the ground. Limited space is available near the Alex Box parking lot for larger tents. Please call LSU Sports Properties at (225) 578-7049 to reserve a space. (Revised: 2009)
Tents should be taken down before you enter the game.
Fans using a tent or canopy over the tailgate of a vehicle should restrict the size to no larger than 10′ x 10′ and may not take up space in other parking spaces. Tents may not be used to save parking spaces. Tents must not block travel lanes.
Tents may not be set up on sidewalks, bike paths, travel lanes or any other area of regular flow of pedestrian traffic.
Utilities Owned by University
The use of electrical outlets in or on LSU facilities, or other utilities such as water sources, is expressly prohibited. This policy will be strictly enforced and violators will be subject to arrest for theft of utilities.
References: Louisiana State University, LSUsports.net