What makes LSU Tiger Stadium Special and the Icon it is?
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Posted by byubengalboy on 11/9 at 2:02 pm to TenTex

Sports writers rave about their first experience in TS.

the first day I set foot in Tiger Stadium I broke my leg so bad LSU brought in a doctor from Houston to fix it. Audrey wiped out Cameron and swla. that nite...may those good people RIP.

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Posted by Y.A. Tittle on 11/9 at 2:21 pm to byubengalboy

Camille wiped out Cameron and swla. that nite...may those good people RIP.


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Posted by augustbengal on 11/9 at 3:45 pm to TenTex
My first experience in TS was a bust. I think it was '95 and the Tigers were playing Bama. It poured and I was miserable. Remember choking on cigarette smoke under the stadium in the student section. Left early, and Tigers got blown out by Bama.

But the next year was the first year of Dinardo and we made the Auburn game. I think everyone dubbed it "Bring Back the Magic" game and I don't think I'll ever forget that feeling, sitting in the student section. It's like a weird force takes possession of your body and you become one with all the people around you. There's this kinship, this desire to let go and become part of what is on the field. I remember thinking this was what it was like in Rome in the Coliseum.

And it put its hooks in me, and every contest the Tigers play in that stadium, when that feeling sweeps through, is like some kind of drug. Brings you back year after year.

Best way i can explain it. It's sheer awesomeness and I've raised my kids on the crack that is Tiger Stadium. They don't remember their first game, but every year they beg to go back.

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Posted by tketaco on 11/9 at 4:06 pm to TenTex
"Suck That Tiger Dick, Bitch!"

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Posted by AlwysATgr on 11/9 at 5:22 pm to The312

And that's why I'll go to such lengths to protect it against usurpers like corporate season ticket holders and teetotallers and grumpy old blue-hairs who want the entire stadium to sit and golf clap.

Great post 312.

IMO, the greatest threat to "all things TS" are our current LSU Admin. I honestly don't think they get it as to what makes TS on Sat night the very envy of the football world.

Couple of notes:
a) when Bobby Bowden took the FSU job mid/late-70s, he stated he wanted their game atmosphere to be like TS on Sat night. I've searched for the quote but have not been able to find it.

b) When Cutcliffe accepted the coaching job at Duke, he too mentioned that he wnated Duke to become like our game day environment.

That spans 25+ years of TS greatness.

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Posted by byubengalboy on 11/13 at 9:27 am to Y.A. Tittle


my bad...thanks for the correction. hope I didn't offend anyone.

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Posted by Statestreet on 11/13 at 9:32 am to TenTex
When we are the underdogs and its a night game...watch out... its gonna get crazy.

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Posted by vl100butch on 11/13 at 9:33 am to byubengalboy
tailgating as we know it today is a fairly recent phenemonon....when I was a student, West Stadium and South Stadium lots were a LOT larger and students didn't have to move their cars until Saturday morning!!!!

I think it's the mistique of playing at night combined with the insanity of the crowd and some of the totally improbable things that have happened over the years...

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Posted by lake chuck fan on 11/13 at 9:49 am to TenTex
Its the energy.. which is created by the folk attending the event, which is us crazy cajuns! Not only cajuns but good ole southerns who go all out for what they believe in. LSU being the only big school in the state garners most of the attention(along w/the success of the program). But even in times of less success, it has set the bar for sporting events.

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Posted by fishen4life on 11/13 at 10:06 am to SammyTiger
The loud fans

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Posted by Papa Tigah on 11/13 at 10:18 am to TenTex

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Posted by Child of the Missip on 11/13 at 10:53 am to TenTex
Louisiana Culture/a lot of Booze/History to live up to.

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Posted by tigerpimpbot on 11/13 at 10:57 am to TenTex
Because it never rains in that mofo......

except when it does.

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Posted by TriumphTiger on 11/13 at 11:22 am to TenTex
Bourbon and boudin

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Posted by LSUDat2012 on 11/13 at 11:37 am to stapuffmarshy
We do.. EXCEPT for the clowns who leave in the 3rd quarter!

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Posted by windriver on 11/13 at 11:44 am to TenTex

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Posted by NorthTiger on 11/13 at 11:50 am to MC123
Been going to games since the mid 1960s.

1. Whenever I walk up the ramp and see that closed in bowl I always get the same feeling. It hasn't changed a bit since I was a kid and I pray it never does. So for me, the design of the interior stadium is huge. Even when I am in my seat I look around and am amazed at the number of people in that stadium.

2. Crowd noise - I am one of those guys who listens to the play by play in one ear while the game is going on. But, in critical situations, I HAVE to pull that ear mic out and experience that rumble first hand.

3. I do find myself observing the students and the band in sync.

4. Love the traditional cheers - east side and west side yelling "Geaux....Tigers" in the fourth quarter, first down cheer, defensive stop cheer or the occasional "LSU, LSU, LSU."

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Posted by knuckleballer on 11/13 at 12:11 pm to TenTex
My first game was in about the 8th grade. Small MS town existance. It was the most Incredible thing I'd ever been a part of at that age. I remember thinking "My God, I have to get here for college", and it did lead me there. What's even better is that memory still stands after all I've seen and done as such a powerful experience.

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Posted by MetryTyger on 11/13 at 12:36 pm to TenTex
Because it tops itself every so often in legendary epic games.
Nov. 3 was the absolute most insane, rowdy, crazy, loud, deafening, spine-tingling, goose-bump-inducing, emotional, suspenseful, hysterical concoction of bedlam I have ever seen or heard in Death Valley, including USC '79.

The most recent games that come fairly close are:
Arkansas '11
Alabama '10
Florida '09
Alabama '08
Florida '07
Va.Tech '07
Arkansas '07
Auburn '07
Tennessee '05
Auburn '05
Florida '05
Georgia '03
Auburn '03
Auburn '01
Tennessee '00
Florida '97
Auburn '95

But Nov. 3 against the MulliGumpNecks was the loudest and most insane definitely since '88 Auburn, '82 FSU, and '79 USC, and may even rival Ole Miss '59.....

If we had actually WON the game, they'd be rebuilding Death Valley right now...

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Posted by alajones on 11/13 at 12:40 pm to TenTex
I brought some Airmen down for the game vs. Idaho. The whole pre game rituals were mind blowing to them. Just the fact that everyone was milling around and having small parties everywhere blew their minds.

All the things the crowd did were awesome. I swear I've might have convinced one of them to go to school there just because of the scenenry.

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