Welcome to Baton Rouge, home of Tiger Nation! If you’re heading to Louisiana State University to see the Fighting Tigers play, you’ll want to know exactly where you should snag a hotel room, grab a bite to eat (or pick up your tailgating food) and where to set up shop for some pre-game festivities. First, though, some stats:
- SEC Team: Louisiana State University Tigers
- Coach: Ed Orgeron
- Stadium name: Tiger Stadium
- Fun fact: Legend has it that the team colors of purple and gold were influenced by Mardi Gras.
Where to Stay
The Cook Hotel and Conference Center
3848 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 • (225) 383-2665
As far as convenience goes, the Cook Hotel and Conference Center is ideal. Located right on campus, the hotel is used to LSU visitors!
The Stockade Bed & Breakfast
8860 Highland Road Baton Rouge, LA 70808 • (225) 769-7358
Built on a Civil War Historic site, The Stockade is more of a quaint option for your visit. It’s a bit further removed from campus, but still nearby. They also serve a complete Southern breakfast, which is a plus.
Courtyard Baton Rouge Acadian Centre
2421 South Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808 • 225-924-6400
Where to Eat/Drink
If you’re looking for a tasty bite ahead of the game or perhaps items to pick up for your tailgate (including booze), here are some best bets located nearby campus.
2031 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808 • (225) 387-4546
A local market serving up breakfast and lunch — both dine-in and to-go — Zeeland is a favorite spot to hit up. They have a large array of sandwiches, salads and plates to choose from.
3838 Burbank Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 • (225) 757-8010
If you’re on the hunt for some true Louisiana cuisine, look no further than Walk-Ons! From burgers to Cajon food to seafood, it’s all homemade.
3357 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 • (225) 383-1754
The Chimes, a dinner (& brunch) spot serving up good Louisiana food, was so popular in their first location that two more opened up! The original is right by campus!
1176 Bob Petit Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70820 • (225) 757-9555
Part of Tigerland, a strip of gameday bars, Reggie’s is a college favorite and especially lively on gamedays.
The House is another Tigerland bar — stop by before or after the game to grab a drink and be amidst fellow LSU fans!
Where to Tailgate
Tailgating at LSU is a big deal, and the fans will begin as early as 24 hours prior, so get ready!
- LSU partnered with BlockParty to offer full-service tailgating packages. They set up your tent for you along South Stadium Dr. Visit the website for more information!
- If you don’t wish to tailgate as part of a package, you can set up your own tent in a parking lot surrounding the stadium. Grilling is permitted!
- Come hungry because an LSU tailgate features plenty of food!
- Uber or Lyft is a good option for parking. If you choose to drive instead, you can buy a parking pass from LSU to park near the stadium. Some people also offer pay-to-parks in their own yards.
- Visit Mike the Tiger’s habitat, located in between Tiger Stadium and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
- Louisiana’s capital city has some sites worth seeing, so be sure to check them out if you have time. You can shop at Red Stick Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning, where Louisiana’s local vendors come to Baton Rouge to sell their goods. At Perkins Rowe, you can hit up the great boutiques, movie theaters and food. The Old State Capitol Building, built in 1847, is a Gothic-Revival castle that now serves as a museum. Finally, the USS KIDD Veterans Museum is a restored WWII Destroyer that now sits on the bank of the Mississippi River. It serves as a museum and memorial to war heroes, and it’s worth a visit.