Fans fire up the grills, set up tailgates before LSU-ULL Super Regional

Fans fire up the grills, set up tailgates before LSU/ULL Super Regional
(Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB)
(Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The RVs are parked, and baseball fans are dropping their tailgates at Alex Box Stadium for the first game of the Super Regional.

LSU and UL-Lafayette are set to play before a sold out crowd on Saturday. Fans on both sides of the diamond say that they are ready to have a good time.

Groundskeepers and concessions workers are laboring hard behind the scenes to get Alex Box Stadium ready for the biggest series of the season.

"I think it's going to be jam packed with a very high attendance," said Jacie McCoy.

On a typical game day, McCoy supervises food operations. However, when it comes to a game that draws fans from two Louisiana cities, she mans the grill.

"It's fun and stressful sometimes," said McCoy. "You never know exactly what you are going to get."

The same level of preparation applies to those outside of the Box too. Tailgaters on both sides are hungry for a win.

LSU fans like Joyce Smith have marked their territory and wrapped their priciest possessions in LSU colors to bring luck to the Tigers.

"We have to bring all of our chairs and flags, and make sure we have all of our drinks under ice," said Smith.

LSU season ticket holder Kirk Boe rolled his party bus onto campus on Wednesday. He says he plans to be gone by Sunday, driving along with the Tigers to Omaha. He says his family has helped the Tigers win along the way.

"We have a little tradition," said Boe. "We try not to make the first pitch most of the time. So, if we are in the stadium, we don't look at the first pitch."

No one is going hungry on the UL-Lafayette side of things either as Bill Butler is throwing one heck of a party complete with several rotisserie roasters, grills and enough grease to cook anything on a Cajun's menu. His son, Dylan, is a right fielder for Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns,

"It's all about that base, you've got to have that base," said Butler. "So, you come here and fill up with some good food."

Butler is expecting an attendance of 200 people, and he says that even though he loves the Tigers, his guests will all be wearing the same thing.

"You'll see a lot of red and white little shorts," says Butler. "We were just hanging them out, washing them everywhere. Baseball is superstitious so everybody wore the same thing."

Both sides have their own secret weapons, but Tiger and Cajun fans have found at least one thing in common: the love of tailgating parties.

"Everybody likes to party," said Butler. "If you drop a hat too soon, somebody is going to be there to pick it up to give you a beer."

Boe says that even though Ragin' Cajun fans are invited to his tailgate, he has not forgotten the reason why they are there in the first place.

"They're invited. We welcome them to come with us, come join us, have a good time," said Boe. "Just as long as we beat them in the baseball game."

The first game of the best-of-three series starts Saturday at 7 p.m. It will be televised on ESPN 2.

The first pitch for Sunday's game will be thrown at either 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU or ESPN2.

The schedule for Monday's game, if necessary, will be decided later.

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