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Tiger Stadium Tailgating Policies

Published: June 28, 2013, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: September 03, 2013, 10:17 AM (CT)

by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

Tailgating

Tailgating has become a part of college football all across the country, but at LSU, for Tiger fans it is an art form. Over two-thirds of Tiger fans tailgate for five or more hours before every game, and many begin celebrating the great Tiger football experience more than 24 hours before kickoff. LSU encourages its fans to come to campus early and enjoy the great tradition of tailgating. LSU also encourages its fans to tailgate in a responsible manner, respectful of the campus and of other Tiger fans and fans from visiting schools.

Help us keep your campus clean by bagging your trash and using recycling containers. LSU’s Facility Services Department distributes trash bags throughout campus on game days for your convenience. For the safety and enjoyment of all fans, please keep the following guidelines in mind when tailgating at LSU football games. Please note that tailgate setups are subject to removal for violation of tailgating policies.

For the safety and enjoyment of all fans, please keep the following guidelines in mind when tailgating at LSU football games:

General Tailgating Policies

Bands
Policy:
Live musical bands and other live performances are not allowed at tailgating sites.
Reason: This policy is intended to protect the enjoyment of other fans. Musical tastes and tolerable noise levels vary greatly from tailgate party to tailgate party.

Caterers
Policy:
Caterers must have proper parking permits to be admitted to private tailgate areas in reserved lots.
Reason: Parking lot attendants are instructed to only allow vehicles with parking permits into reserved lots. They cannot be expected to monitor vehicles that intend to drop off items and leave the lots.

Cookers
Policy:
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)
Reason: All parking spaces are reserved for vehicles and may not be occupied by cookers. The size of cookers is regulated for safety reasons so that a cooker may be moved if necessary in the event of an accident or emergency. Cookers inside buildings are an obvious safety hazard.

Cooking Sites
Policy:
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.
Reason: Concrete stains are difficult and sometimes impossible to remove which is degrading to the appearance of the campus structures and can be a safety hazard by creating slippery conditions in the humid climate.

Fencing
Policy:
Fans may not erect or remove fencing or barricades of any type (permanent or temporary) on the LSU campus.
Reason: Only University personnel are authorized to erect or remove fencing on campus.

Flammables
Policy:
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.
Reason: Even items that appear to be extinguished may remain flammable and cause fires.

Food Distribution
Policy:
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.
Reason: This is a matter of legal liability for everyone involved. The University does not allow the sale or distribution of food on the LSU campus without proper credentials and insurance.

Generators
Policy:
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. (Revised: 2009)
Reason: Older generators can be loud and intrusive for other tailgaters. Older generators can also pose safety issues and may create a pollution hazard.

Glass Containers
Policy:
Glass containers are strongly discouraged for use during tailgating activities.
Reason: Broken glass can cause a safety hazard, not only for tailgaters, but also for students on campus during the week. This is a particular concern on the Parade Ground and other areas that are used for student recreational activities.

Motorized Vehicles (Go Carts, Etc.)
Policy:
Golf carts, mopeds, scooters, ATVs, go carts and other custom motorized vehicles are not permitted on the LSU campus unless authorized by LSU.
Reason: The use of motorized vehicles other than automobiles and motor homes can be a danger to pedestrians, especially children.

Music (Amplified)
Policy:
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. (Revised: 2007)
Reason: This policy is intended to protect the enjoyment of other fans. Musical tastes and tolerable noise levels vary greatly from tailgate party to tailgate party.

Political Activity
Policy:
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.
Reason: The University seeks to balance First Amendment rights with its obligation to eliminate or reduce activities that significantly detract from fans' enjoyment of the event. The University will not allow itself to be perceived as endorsing a political candidate or issue.

Port-O-Lets
Policy:
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.
Reason: Unless LSU manages the activity of providing port-o-lets on campus, these units can be left in parking lots in areas utilized by students on class days, and may remain unserviced, resulting in unsanitary conditions.

Security and Safety
Policy:
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.
Reason: Up to 120,000 fans tailgate on the LSU campus on game days. LSU cannot ensure the security of each and every tailgate party on campus.

Sidewalks and Bike Paths
Policy:
Tailgating is not permitted on sidewalks, bike paths and landscaped areas.
Reason: Sidewalks and bike paths are necessary routes for pedestrians to reach Tiger Stadium. If sidewalks and bike paths are blocked, pedestrians may be forced into streets in the path of vehicular traffic.

Signage and Banners
Policy:
Banners and signage recognizing businesses may not be displayed nor may promotional materials be distributed without prior approval by LSU.
Reason: LSU operates a successful corporate sponsor program. In order to fulfill contractual obligations with its sponsors, LSU cannot permit businesses to display banners or signage on campus. Only companies that have corporate sponsor agreements with LSU Athletics may display their signage. Companies interested in more information on this subject should contact LSU Sports Properties at (225) 578-7049.

Solicitation
Policy:
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.
Reason: This is also a matter of legal liability and institutional control. LSU does not allow the sale or distribution of goods and services on the LSU campus without proper credentials and insurance.

Utilities Owned by University
Policy:
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. (Revised: 2007)
Reason: Overuse of utilities can cause outages, surges or shortages that may affect critical operations on the LSU campus.

Tent Policies

Tent Size
Policy:
LSU discourages the use of tents larger than 10' by 10'. Tents may not be staked into the ground. Limited space is available near Lot 404 for larger tents. Please call LSU Sports Properties at (225) 578-7049 to reserve a space. (Revised: 2009)
Reason: Tents must be of a size that can be moved quickly in the event of an emergency. Stakes can damage utilities beneath the LSU campus and can be dangerous to tailgaters. Oversized tents can impede the tailgating enjoyment of other fans. Please be courteous in the placement of tents.

Tents During Game
Policy:
Tents should be taken down before you enter the game.
Reason: Unexpected winds can cause tents to scatter when unattended, and tents are subject to theft when left alone.

Tents in Parking Lots
Policy:
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.
Reason: Vehicles must be able to access parking spots via travel lanes. Also, for the safety of tailgaters, travel lanes must remain clear for vehicles and pedestrians to pass. This is also important to allow for the passage of emergency vehicles.

Tents on Sidewalks
Policy:
Tents may not be set up on sidewalks, bike paths, travel lanes or any other area of regular flow of pedestrian traffic.
Reason: Sidewalks, bike paths and travel lanes must be left passable for pedestrians. Please be courteous of other tailgaters.


Gameday Timeline

Times of note for a typical night game in Tiger Stadium (Based on a 7 p.m. CT kickoff)

Time, Event
Noon - LSU Ticket Office opens | Visit LSUtix.net 24/7 *
2:30 p.m. - Live band performs at Zatarain's Tiger One Village
4:00 p.m. - Club level and Suites open at Tiger Stadium | Seating Chart
4:15 p.m. - LSU Student gates open at Tiger Stadium
4:30 p.m. - All remaining gates open at Tiger Stadium
4:50 p.m. - LSU walks down "Victory Hill"
5:00 p.m. - LSU Gameday presented by CST on the air | Listen Online | Affiliates
5:25 p.m. - Mike the Tiger comes down "Victory Hill"
5:30 p.m. - Golden Band from Tigerland marches down "Victory Hill"
6:27 p.m. - Mike the Tiger and Cheerleaders Field Parade
6:38 p.m. - Guest Captains Presentation | National L Club
6:45 p.m. - Golden Band from Tigerland takes the field for pregame performance
6:50 p.m. - Alma Mater and National Anthem 
6:56 p.m. - LSU takes the field
6:57 p.m. - Visitor takes the field
7:00 p.m. - Kickoff

* Ticket office will open at 8 a.m. CT for games that start prior to 6 p.m.

 

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