Planning a road trip to Louisiana this fall? Make sure you put all of these stadiums on your bucket list. Whether you’re there in time for a game or not, each plays an integral role in the Bayou State’s diverse culture and state spirit.
1. Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge
Home to the Louisiana State Tigers, Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, attracts crowds of up to 102,321 spectators per game. This stadium is the seventh largest in the world and is reported to have some of the best game day atmosphere in college football. This stadium is one of the toughest for visiting teams, with team rivals like the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide, drawing national television audiences and swarms of fans who gladly watch the game from their campus tailgate parties because of the limited number of tickets! LSU’s Tiger Stadium is known for night football games, as well as for its famed tiger mascot, Mike the Tiger. It’s said that every time the tiger roars, the home team will score a touchdown. Homecoming games are usually held the second or third weekend of October, with this year’s opponent being the Southeastern Conference foe, the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Learn more about football weekends at LSU.
2. Cajun Field, Lafayette
Cajun Field, also known as The Swamp, is home to Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns football games at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This stadium has a maximum capacity of 41,426 and sits two feet below sea level. Each year’s first home football game begins with Ragin’ Roar, the biggest pep rally held on campus throughout the year. Check out this stadium to catch the Ragin’ Cajuns taking on their fiercest opponents, such as the Grambling State, Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Homecoming is held each fall and offers students and alumni from near and far to engage in activities like parades, karaoke and, of course, the big game.
3. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
This stadium, often known simply as the Superdome, is home to the New Orleans Saints and has hosted a range of major sporting events, including the Super Bowl and the College Football Championship Game. It’s also home to the famous Bayou Classic Game held each November and the Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl held in January. With a seating capacity of 76,468, this stadium is a great spot to catch a game between the Saints and their most famed opponents, like the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers
4. Malone Stadium, Monroe
Owned by the University of Louisiana at Monroe, this stadium is home turf to the ULM Warhawks. If you make time in your schedule to visit this spot, try to catch a game between the Warhawks and their top rivals, like the Arkansas State Red Wolves or the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. If you can time your pit stop right, you might even catch the Battle on the Bayou, the annual rivalry game between the Warhawks and the Ragin’ Cajuns.
5. Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston
Located in Ruston, Louisiana, this stadium is home to the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs football team. This stadium’s first-ever game, on September 28, 1968, was the site where quarterback Terry Bradshaw led the Bulldogs to a 35-7 victory over the Eastern Carolina University Pirates, cementing the stadium’s historical standing as well as serving to launch Bradshaw’s successful career. This year’s homecoming game is October 20, so if you have time be sure to catch the game between the Bulldogs and the University of Texas at El Paso’s Miners.
6. Yulman Stadium, New Orleans
Yulman is home to Tulane Green Wave football and is located on the university's Uptown campus in New Orleans. This stadium features two elevated club decks with several bars and over 30,000 seats. Catch a home game for a chance to see the Tulane University Marching Band in action and to witness the antics of Riptide the Pelican, the school’s mascot. Top rivalries include those between Green Wave and the LSU Tigers, as well as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
Regardless of whether you’re a football fanatic or just a casual viewer, these iconic stadiums should be a must-see stop on your southern road trip this fall. Fall is for football and what better way is there to celebrate the season than with a visit to these historical venues? Learn more about tailgating in Louisiana or get the guide to college football season across Louisiana. Geaux football!