BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU is a ghost town several hours ahead of one of the biggest games in LSU history.
Just a few days ago, LSU officials decided to cancel classes Monday and Tuesday. Officials say the class cancellation only applies to the main campus, with classes resuming Wednesday, Jan. 15.
You can tell by the very few cars on the road that fans are getting ready. For the fans who aren’t going to New Orleans, they didn’t let that stop them from bringing the fun to the office.
Lunch was a tailgate at Genoteq Claims Investigation in Baton Rouge. Boudin balls, wraps, and just about everything you can think of was on the table.
Stacy Ashton says they couldn’t close the business Monday, but they had full bellies while working.
“The team has earned it,” Ashton said. “They have a lot of support behind them. They’ve worked really hard. Everybody has. I think it would bring the state to a different level and a new category of what we have to come.”
A lot of fans are hoping for the Tigers to go all the way, and those still in Baton Rouge are counting down until kickoff.
If you want Raising Cane’s to be part of your tailgate dinner, you better rush to a restaurant near you. The fast food giant has decided to close all Louisiana restaurants at 7:30 p.m. so their crews can watch the National Championship game. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.
LSU fans have the option to watch the game on a really big screen in Baton Rouge: Celebrity Theatres on George O’Neal Lane. The theater has been offering over 100 plush seats to fans for every home game all season. The general manager, Carl Carpenter, says it’s gotten so loud, that sometimes moviegoers in the theaters next door have complained.
“The Tigers are just such a special team here in Baton Rouge and Louisiana and we love football and just show it to the crowd,” Carpenter.
Over in Walker at Carter’s Supermarket, fans were getting their hands on last minute tailgate food. It’s not often you hear about a grocery store closing its doors, but put LSU in the National Championship game and it’s a different story. Managers of the grocery store say since not everyone could cheer them on in person, they had to show their support at home, saying having the team come this far is a dream.
“They made the state proud,” Assistant Manager Devin McDonald said. “I know Coach O says it after every big win that they’re doing it for the State of Louisiana. I think you can tell this team loves the state and we love them right back.”
We couldn’t end the day without getting the best Coach O impressions though. One small, but mighty super fan, Ryley Pope, sounds just like the football legend. He even got his hands on the same socks Joe Burrow wore at the Heisman Trophy ceremony.