LSU – Tigers Death Valley Tailgating

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LSU – Tigers Death Valley Tailgating

With seven starters returning on offense and eight on defense, the Tigers are looking to improve on last season’s 10–3 record. Head coach Ed Orgeron hired former New Orleans Saints assistant coach Joe Brady to serve as LSU’s passing game coordinator.

If Brady can replicate anything close to the results of his former NFL team, watch out SEC. And if they don’t, LSU fans still have one of the best tailgating scenes you’ll ever see or hear. Please trust us on that.

A night game in Tiger Stadium, more affectionately known as Death Valley, is an assault on all five senses. It is one of the loudest stadiums you’ll ever hear and provides a great home field advantage for the Tigers.

For fans, the party typically starts Friday night, and by Saturday evening, the fans are well lubricated and anxious to feast on Tiger bait—the derogatory term given to opposing teams. If you’re wearing an opposing team jersey, you will be mocked.

However, as long as you don’t respond rudely, LSU fans are more than happy to share their tailgate fare. Understandably it has a Cajun flair that you’ll find nowhere else in America. We’re talking jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee and crawfish cooked in pots so big, they’re stirred with boat oars.

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Once the game starts, though, all friendliness is put aside. So bring your big boy pants, ear plugs and a big appetite, as football in Baton Rouge is something you’ll likely never forget. Laissez les bons temps rouler!