First time to Tiger stadium any advice??

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  1. gator34654

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    Going to watch uf beat the lsu tigers sat but never been to the stadium. Are there do's and don'ts from those of you who've been? Just my wife and I and we are not the obnoxious type seeking trouble. Probably won't put gator gear on car for obvious reasons. But any ideas about parking? Places to go around the stadium, ect.
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    I've been twice, and I've never understood their parking situation. I've always parked out by the levee (Miss. River), but last time, they had a lot of rain and most of their free parking lots were closed. They wouldn't let you park near the levee, so instead I parked on the side of the River Road, about a 30-40 min walk from the stadium. So if their lots are flooded, you may be screwed in terms of parking.
    Advice: LSU fans are some of the coolest (but decidedly wicked) fans you'll meet. They seem to respect Gators, and tend to store up their piss bottles for Ole Miss fans. You'll be harassed non-stop to the sounds of "Tiga bait!!", but just grin and bear it. If our team punches them in the mouth and leaves with a W, their fans will be the first to pat you on the back and admit we kicked their azz. On the other hand, if it gets ugly, I'd leave and beat the crowd and drown your sorrows down in New Orleans.
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    Wear your Gator gear and be proud. The LSU fans are great hosts, more so than what I've encountered at Tennessee or Alabama. I've been there 4 times and I've overwhelmingly encountered great people. The tailgating scene is unmatched in CFB. If you are especially out going you can just walk into most tailgates and the folks will chat you up and give you all the food you can eat. Many of these folks are proud cooks and like many cooks love to share their culinary creations. If you want some decent bar food and a great gameday atmosphere, hit 'The Chimes' on the edge of campus. This is Baton Rouge's #1 pregame attraction as the gameday bar scene goes. If you are staying in New Orleans, call the N.O. Gator Club and get a ride on one of their chartered buses.You can pack a cooler full of booze and this will save you the hassle of renting a car and driving, which is certainly not needed in New Orleans, and costs a great deal of money to park.

    Enjoy the trip, I am disappointed that I will not be there, especially if the series is ended before 2015, but I will be off scouting Columbia, MO in two weeks. Go Gators!!
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    From my last few times there, bring plenty of alcohol to match the lsu fans---they can really put it down. Plus, their tailgate parties have the good stuff: red beans and rice, jambalaya, crawfish etoufee, ... --- outstanding!
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    Living in Baton Rouge I attend most UF/LSU games and the above posters have it right; LSU fans are going to "Tiga Bait!!" you into oblivion but they are very friendly and inviting plus they will feed you like you're one of their own. Don't be afraid to fly a few Gator flags on your car. There is a very fun loving atmosphere around Tiger Stadium on game days. As far as parking goes, like anywhere else the earlier you get there the better, but you can *usually* find parking along Nicholson or Burbank (about a 20 minute walk) within 2 hours of kick-off. The Chimes and Walk-Ons are nice bars but they are going to be absolutely loaded with people.
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    Guys, thank you soooo much for great advice. Really looking forward to trip and of course we are extremely outgoing and love cajun food so we should be good to go. Look forward to seeing other gator fans as well. Thanks much!!
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    I decided I'm going to travel there for the first time also. Where is the best place to get tickets?
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    The food is OK. I recommend the Bermuda, though the centipede has a nice texture.

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    Tilly - you're Miles ahead of the crowd. :joecool:
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    where is the best place for visiting fans to park within reasonable walking distance?
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    Don't sit with sororities and fraternities. My wife and I and another couple got tickets there. The girls were hot, but also very drunk and one threw up all over my wife's back. We all laughed, her (wife) not so much. She's ex now, so it's still funny.
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    Drink heavily.

    In all seriousness, the first time we went to BR we stayed at the same hotel where the Gator team stayed--back then in 93 it was the Holiday Inn in Gonzalez, about 20 miles or so south of BR. As we were loading the car for the drive to the stadium, the team was loading the bus at the same time. I "think" it was Norm Carlson who walked over to our car and saw all our Gator flags and apparel we were wearing and he said to us...."you guys need a place to park? My wife and I are going to be riding with the team and we won't be needing our parking passes--here you take them. If cops or security stop you, just show them this pass and they should let you through. It's a pretty good parking spot if you want to use it"

    We thanked him and made the drive. We were a couple of miles it seemed from the stadium when the first barricade was up, with cops motioning us to turn as all the parking from there on in were full up. We showed him our pass--barricades were moved open and he motioned for us to keep driving. This happened 3 more time as we got closer and closer. Eventually we got to our parking site--within 30 feet of the stadium! It was like that pass...and whatever code/parking lot designation/etc printed on it...was the magical golden ticket. We got THE best parking spots available, next to where coaches must park inside the stadium I suppose. Best parking at ANY stadium we have ever had.

    Point being...try to find where the team is staying---try to find someone in the athletic dept who doesn't need their parking pass---and look like you really would appreciate some help. If it works....you will have the best set up you can imagine. The LSU folks who were mostly those parking where we were, fed us and supplied drinks better than anywhere on the planet. It was a great experience with or without the good luck of the parking deal we stumbled onto.
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    GAME DAY INFO:
    If you come five or six hours early you can find free parking on the streets on the east side of campus, but central campus is parking-pass and pay lots only. The north side LSU free lots are small and fill up quickly. Avoid parking in the high-crime neighborhood to the north of campus, the better parking is on the south side anyway. If you run late, the big free grass lots off the river road aren't that far from the stadium.

    Try these links for maps and info:

    Getting to the Game: Traffic, Parking, and Tailgating

    Tiger Stadium

    Interactive Stadium Map: See Your view of the Field

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    We eat good in Baton Rouge. There is some damn good food in this town, especially seafood. Mike Andersons, Parrains, Drusilla Seafood, and Ralph & Kacoos are the most popular. All will be crowded on game weekends but you can get in with a reasonable wait, they are used to it. There are lots of ethnic food restaurants in town as well.

    TJ Ribs is especially good at moving a crowd through on game day and serves fine BBQ. Juban's is kind of upscale but has the finest Creole cuisine in town. Boutin's for Cajun cuisine and music. Good off-campus Bar & Grills abound. The Chimes, Walk-on's, The Pastime, Chelsea's, Georges, Ivars, Sammy's, Fred's, and Brewbachers are all great LSU bars with good food. The new Buffalo Wild Wings in Tigertown has the most big screens for a sports bar.

    And don't forget 24-hour breakfast at Louie's Cafe, a classic just-off-campus diner with the best omelettes and burgers in town. A Rolling Stone Best Campus Eatery.

    Live music close to campus can be found at the Varsity Theatre or Chelsea's. Don't forget the three riverboat casino's downtown and south of campus for more fun and entertainment. There are some Third Street bars downtown with live music. And New Orleans is only an hour away.

    Game-Day traditions: Go see Mike the Tiger's new habitat, our live Bengal Tiger Mascot. There is usually a Jambalaya stand nearby, try it! The LSU Tiger Band marches down the hill to Tiger Stadium an hour before the kickoff and it is something to see and hear. It will be crowded, but the crowd response is part of the show.

    Tailgaiting is legendary around campus before the game. Nobody, I mean nobody, cooks more or better food than LSU tailgaters.

    Game Day Traffic sucks. Get used to it. Come early. Leave late. Don't get in a hurry.

    Welcome to Baton Rouge.
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    As another poster said, wear your colors proud, but be mindful of the fact that you're on their turf. There's always a handful of drunked frat punk who'll try to get something started.

    You'll encounter some spirited types who'll get in your face and yell "Tigah Bait!!!", but if you play your cards right those very same fans will invite you to partake in easily best tailgate grub on the planet.

    I was there in '97, '99 and '01, and other than the monsoon in '99 I had no complaints.
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    Tigers: where are the best po boys near campus pregame?
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    I heard some horror stories from friends who were there that night, but my crew was able to escape while your fans rushed the field.

    We weren't so lucky the following year in Knoxville...the walk back to the car was downright scary.
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    Those two kids are alarmingly at ease with the situation.
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