15 Important Rules For Proper LSU Tailgating Etiquette.

If you’re a tailgate noob (newbie), and you don’t know what to expect when you get to the campus, relax. This is not a high-skilled event.  


The really cool thing about tailgating in South Louisiana is you don’t really have to know ANYONE who is tailgating. You just geaux. It’s a totally free event for anyone who’s roaming around from tent to tent, but it’s recommended you bring SOMETHING to the table (see below).  Just remember these simple rules and suggestions, and you will have some quality fun, and you just may be invited back to that very spot for the NEXT home game.


  • ALWAYS bring something to share. Yes, your friends may tell you to just show up, but in their brain they kinda expect SOMETHING. Chips, dips and salsa. Drinks and Ice. But please no stuffed eggs (what’s that SMELL?)

  • If you’re bringing drinks, avoid the off-brand stuff. Remember Dr. Thunder is not Dr. Pepper.

  • Please don’t settle in someone else’s totally cool canvas chair. Bring your own totally cool canvas chair.

  • Show your colors. Walking around campus in boring colors that have nothing to do with team spirit are a no-no.

  • At the serving line, don’t brag about how wonderfully awesome your jambalaya is if you didn’t bring any.

  • NEVER ask for vegan choices.  You will be stared down. Don’t fill your red Solo cup to the brim with a premium adult beverage or cocktail, then move on down the road to the next tailgate tent. Not cool.

  • 35+/older guys: Don’t over-flirt with the college ladies. They may smile on the outside, but inside, they’re probably laughing.

  • If you’re actually bringing a pick-up truck WITH a tailgate to the tailgate, choose your brand carefully. Ford F-150’s are the only widely acceptable choice.

  • Avoid using pop up canopies that use more than 35 steps to complete. If you’re lucky, that tent may be up by half-time.

  • Don’t cooler sit, unless you don’t mind standing up every 50 seconds. And don’t give the annoyed face that you have to stand again. You will get an equally annoying expression right back ‘atcha.

  • Guys, unless you were an all-district quarterback in high school, do not channel your inner Drew Brees and try to throw a long one to your friend in the sea of humanity. There is a really good chance you will hit another person other than your intended target.  “Oh sorry dude.”

  • Ladies (as a special request from one of my female co-workers), purple and gold cheetah spots or leopard print isn’t appropriate (and certainly not accurate). Repeat after her: Tiger STRIPES are the only proper way to have it going on and rock the pants.

  • Guys, if you’ve had several adult beverages, PLEASE remember that not all of the women you meet at the tailgate are "huggers." EVEN if you’ve been acquainted.

  • Here in Baton Rouge, visiting fans are always welcome. If that’s you, you need to avoid being obnoxious with your own team spirit under the big top. Be cordial, and you’ll come to appreciate our famous South Louisiana hospitality. Remember, however, that will ALL change once you’re inside Tiger Stadium. Then, you’re scum. OK THEN...let's get some brisket!

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