BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU officials say they have a chance to pay kindness forward when the Tigers face off against South Carolina in Tiger Stadium on Saturday.
The University of South Carolina was forced to move their home game versus the Tigers to Tiger Stadium after flooding decimated parts of the state. LSU is encouraging Baton Rouge citizens to show the same kindness that the Tigers received in 2005 when an LSU home game was relocated to Arizona State University due to Hurricane Katrina
"South Carolina is facing a tragic situation right now, and we want to show our support for them by welcoming their fans and team to Baton Rouge," said LSU President F. King Alexander. "Unfortunately, our community can closely relate to what South Carolina is facing right now, and we want to do everything we can to make them feel welcome and provide some sense of normalcy during this time."
The Golden Band From Tigerland will be playing some of South Carolina's songs, LSU will be wearing their away purple, and LSU Athletics are looking for more ways to make Tiger Stadium feel like a "home away from home" for the Gamecocks.
LSU President Alexander is asking Baton Rouge citizens to help out with relief efforts in flood-ravaged South Carolina in any way they can.
LSU will encourage monetary donations to the American Red Cross at this Saturday's football game in Tiger Stadium. Volunteers will be on hand at entrance gates to collect donations. Individuals can make online contributions to the Red Cross as well.
The Student Governments from both schools will also participate in a ceremonial transferring of the keys to Tiger Stadium. The ceremony will take place before the game at Tiger Stadium at 1:30 p.m.
Lamar Advertising Company designed two messages reading "Geaux Gamecocks! We stand STRONG with you!" and "Geaux Gamecocks! Make yourself at HOME!" The messages started playing on 8 of Lamar's digital billboards in Baton Rouge this afternoon and will be displayed through Saturday, October 10.
Every Domino's in the Greater Baton Rouge Area will host a donation night, taking place on Monday, October 12. 20% of sales will be donated to the American Red Cross Association in order to help victims on the flood. Your local Domino's can be found by visiting Domino's website.
Pastime Restaurant, located on 252 South Boulevard in Baton Rouge will be offering fans travelling from South Carolina 50% off of their meal, and will be offering a shuttle service to transport all fans to the game. More information can be found at Pastime's website.
Restaurant IPO, located on 421 N. 3rd Street in Baton Rouge, is offering South Carolinians a 15% discount on their entire meal if they show a South Carolina or USC Student ID.
La Divina Italian Cafe, on 3535 Perkins Road, is offering a free cup of coffee to anyone who shows a South Carolina ID.
The Baton Rouge location of Ruffino's Restaurant, located at 18811 Highland Road, will be selling stickers and taking donations going toward the flood relief efforts in South Carolina on Friday.
Lastly, in order to welcome Gamecocks fans, LSU will host a tailgate for all fans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the LSU parade ground. Free food and drinks will be served. USC students travelling to Baton Rouge for the game are urged to contact the LSU student government at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.