Louisiana State University
As the fifth largest stadium in the nation, LSU’s Tiger Stadium holds 102,321 raucous Tiger fans. The stadium is nicknamed “Death Valley” and poll after poll has proclaimed Tiger Stadium as one of the greatest sites anywhere for a football game — college or professional. Noise levels inside the stadium are earsplitting and have even caused an earth tremor that registered on a seismograph meter across campus. From “Fight for LSU” to “Tiger Rag,” Tiger fans always have something to cheer for, as LSU is tied for sixth all-time in total National Championships.
Nickname:
Tigers
Top Rivals:
University of Alabama, University of Mississippi
Style Facts:
The state of Louisiana is famous for its annual Mardi Gras parades and festivals. And LSU’s purple and gold school colors are two of the official colors of Mardi Gras. Prior to LSU’s first football game in 1893, football coach Charles Coates and some of his players went to town to purchase ribbon to dress up their gray uniforms. The store they went to was stocking up for Carnival season and had received their purple and gold ribbon, but had not yet received their green ribbon. Coates and his players bought all the purple and gold ribbon the store had available and the Tigers have used these colors ever since. Today, LSU fans believe their purple stands for their collective school spirit, while their gold represents LSU’s prestige.