Fans make final preps for LSU home opener

Published: Sep. 10, 2011 at 3:51 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The scene is set for LSU's home opener against Northwestern State. Flags are flying high and RVs are rolling in. LSU fans have their eyes set on the clock.

"We start thinking about it on a Wednesday or Thursday, what we're going to eat, getting chairs tables, food together," Rudy Laris said.

Rudy and his wife, Lynn Laris, said they have been looking forward to the LSU home opener since the end of last football season. This is pretty much their home away from home. They have got everything they need in a mobile home, including a drop-down barbeque pit and a table set with Tiger pride.

"We'll have 20 or so people come over," Laris added. "We'll have cocktails, cold beer, soft drinks and cooking all day and watch football outside."

Some folks do not even have tickets to the LSU-Northwestern State matchup. Scotty Meador and his three friends said there is just something about being at LSU.

"Mainly relaxing and cooking and going to games," Meador explained. "Sometimes we don't go. We just tail gate."

Some take part in a game of their own. It is a bonding experience for Kevin Smith and his son, Brady.

"We enjoy getting up, coming to the game, me and him," Smith stated. "Mom looks at it as our time away from her and enjoys watching us walk away from the game."

Many LSU faithful travel thousands of miles to watch their boys in purple and gold play. But, they said there is no place like home.

"There is no other environment like it. I've tailgated all over on road games and there's nothing like tailgating at Tiger Stadium. There are so many people and the excitement, it's second to none," Laris commented.

You can watch the game on Tiger-Vision pay-per-view at a cost of $34 to $50. Coverage starts at 6:45 p.m. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

If you plan to tailgate on Saturday, bring cash. If you park on the side of Tiger Stadium, near Highland Road, you will be charged $40.

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