LSU Brought Great Tailgating Food, and Then Students Trashed the Place

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My son and I had tickets to the Rangers game Saturday evening, so I suggested we walk through the notoriously epic LSU tailgating festivities at AT&T Stadium prior to the baseball game. LSU fans bring with them hands-down the best tailgating food ever, and I thought I'd let the kid experience a little of the camaraderie and energy of a college tailgating scene. I'm thinking ahead a little: "See how great college is?"

Good idea, right? Nope. Bad idea. Worst ever. I didn't get good mom points -- I got deductions, as a matter of fact. (So it was a typical weekend.)

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Fried frog legs
It started off well enough. The most southern lot of AT&T Stadium is where the big boys go to play. We're going to go ahead and call this lot the "Alumni Lot," because I've learned that's exactly what it is. And this alumni lot is fantastic. This is for those who can throw down some serious change on party vehicles. No corners are cut; it's an all-out feast.

And the food is like no other. The rich culinary traditions of southern Louisiana are celebrated, usually emphasized by whomever the Tigers are playing. Two years ago when they played the Oregon Ducks, there was duck meat in everything: duck sausage, duck jambalaya, fried duck. This year, with TCU's Horned Frogs on the platter, it was frog legs galore.

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Cajun pastalaya
After circling the alumni lot, my son and I then walked north toward the stadium, and things got messy. Very inebriated and messy. Which is fine. College game day. It's their world, not mine. Yellow flag on me for thinking otherwise.

We discovered something new, though: Did you know that there's a trail along a creek you can take to bypass all the lots? There is! I found it! It was nice down there. But the trail spits you back into the lots to cross the bridge from the Cowboys side to the Rangers side.

At this very spot, a group of LSU students had created a club of sorts, with a dance floor (under a tarp). Cops were starting to gather nearby. It was hot, there was so much debauchery in the air and kickoff was still two hours away. Long night ahead.

I'm cool with all that. One tiny problem, though: These kids trashed the place. Every cup, can, food container, plate and napkin that had been used for the previous four (five? six?) hours was just tossed on the ground. Real classy-like.

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It was so thick you couldn't walk without stepping on trash. When they ran out of room, it appears they started throwing it across the sidewalk, creating an improvised dump.

I've been to more than a dozen big games at the stadium and never seen anything like this. Cans overflow, but people just stack things next to the trashcan.

The photo above is just a tiny part. I couldn't take a picture in the main trashed-out part because we just needed to get through it quickly.

So, yes, I'm a mom. I don't like litter. I was out of my element. But five minutes later, walking in Texas Rangers stadium never felt so good. And you know what made it even better? Waste Management passed around recycling bags and the section we were in filled three huge bags. See, we can drink and clean up after ourselves. Geaux Texas!

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DallasShopaholic1
DallasShopaholic1

LSU is known for their crazy tailgates and they are some of the rowdiest tailgaters, but they know how to party and good God, do they know how to cook!  You can gain 10 pounds at an LSU tailgate.  SEC schools in general know how to tailgate like no other conference, including Big 12.  As far as the trash goes, it wouldn't surprise me to wade through a sea of trash pre-game, but post, they usually clean most of it up.

bill3128
bill3128

This particular tailgate was a joint TCU/LSU tailgate. I know this to be 100% true because I was there all day. The trash was all picked up right before the game. Perhaps, Lauren, if you had actually looked into the matter instead of jumping to conclusions, you wouldn't have falsely accused an entire fan base of being trashy. Great journalism

Tish Tse
Tish Tse

If you think LSU can party in Texas, you should see them party in Baton Rouge. Geaux Tigers!

urzek504
urzek504

If ya can't beat em, make fun of em right Texas?

nammer
nammer

i'm sorry, but that food looks disgusting...


jacob32049
jacob32049

I saw this spot and even talked to a couple people that were involved and it was a joint party with a TCU organization hosting it for the same organization from LSU. So, no it wasnt just a LSU tailgate. Just a thought, if you've ever been to a LSU game in Baton Rouge, they have THOUSANDS of trashcans placed everywhere on the campus so this isn't a problem. There was two trashcans by this spot; maybe Jerry should invest in more trashcans.

Richard Hogue
Richard Hogue

sounds like LSU was helping out the unemployment problems by someone having a job cleaning up this mess

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

Well I missed the game, but would have been at the LSU Alumni section of the Tailgate Party. Unfortunately, some of the LSU students at the tailgate party never learned the basic honor code of "picking up, after yourself" after making a mess. Sadly they are not the only University that has slobs and entitled idiots enrolled in school. It is not a La. thing and New Orleans behavior shouldn't be discussed in the same sentence as LSU.

Mark Conner
Mark Conner

Could it be that they assumed that for the price of parking, spot cleanup service was all inclusive?

caleb44
caleb44

We still kicked that ass though.

J_A_
J_A_

Rude little shits.

youngmikelayne
youngmikelayne

Sort of lazy to single out one group.  Having lived in Ft. Worth and spent some time around TCU, I know they have their own group of "frat-tastic" partiers who leave similar messes where ever they happen to be binge drinking...so does every college in America.  I hate that...but that's simply the truth.  I'm sorry that group of students tainted your perception of all LSU fans.  Just know, that where ever your kid decides to go to college, there will plenty of similar photo opportunities.  

Austin Sandlin
Austin Sandlin

Welcome to every SEC campus after a LSU game...and it smells like corndogs

Caleb Wills
Caleb Wills

I saw TCU fans walking and passing out in their own piles of empty beer cans. College kids are college kids no matter where you go. Don't be a dick.

caleb44
caleb44

You are blind if you think LSU fans were the only ones trashing the lawn. Not that I think its ok, it frustrates me too, gives us a bad rep. But the TCU fans were just as guilty. Stop being dumb.

ScottsMerkin
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The LSU folk were just trying to give us a chance to see what it felt/looked like in New Orleans after the Katrina water receeded

laurendrewesdaniels
laurendrewesdaniels

@bill3128 Well, I'm not sure how a frist-hand, walking through it, eye-witness account is anything less than simple factual reporting. If you cleaned it, good, I think that was the right thing to do. I've looked closely at my pictures, and I still only see LSU purple/yellow. That's why I pointed out that fan base. If there were TCU fans, they weren't as prominent when I was there. 

laurendrewesdaniels
laurendrewesdaniels

@caleb44 It was an LSU group that had that entire corner where all the trash was thrown across the side walk. I can widen the picture to show you all the LSU shirts in the wider photo. It was a LSU party. Though, I'm sure everyone had some trash though around the stadium. 

DallasShopaholic1
DallasShopaholic1

@ScottsMerkin Have you actually been to NOLA since Katrina? We go a lot and it is much, much cleaner and safer than it ever was pre-Katrina.  Sure, there are areas that are still trashy and a little scary, especially at night, but every city, including Dallas, has those areas.

youngmikelayne
youngmikelayne

@ScottsMerkin  CheeryBitch pretty much summed up my thoughts on your obvious ignorance about Katrina and New Orleans.  Pretty classless on your part.

caleb44
caleb44

@laurendrewesdaniels I'm not denying they did. I'm just saying don't paint an inaccurate picture that LSU fans were soley responsible for all the trash. If you are going to write an article about how trashed the Death Star's lawn was, don't single out one group.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@youngmikelayne holy fuck dude calm down.  Its obviously your first time here.  Classless, ok you got me there, but  Im not ignorant to what happened in New Orleans.  Lighten up a little bit

DallasShopaholic1
DallasShopaholic1

@Nictacular @ScottsMerkin - CheeryBitch is correct.  Usually the trash comes from the frat boy assholes and drunk girls there for a bachelorette party. They start cleaning Bourbon street in the wee hours of the morning when the crowds have scaled down and by sun up, it's clean again.

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

@Nictacular @ScottsMerkin The trash on Bourbon comes from tourists not the locals.

And the Katrina comment will go without rebuttal from me; I'm sensitive to it because my sister survived Katrina.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@caleb44 @laurendrewesdaniels she pretty clearly stated in the article and her comment that this particular trashy corner was full of LSU folk at an LSU tailgate are.

laurendrewesdaniels
laurendrewesdaniels

@juanmayeaux @ScottsMerkin "And the alumni lot is fantastic" were my exact words. followed by "The rich culinary traditions of southern Louisiana are celebrated,"... yes. Love the alumni lots. I took exception to the brazen littering and to quote your previous comment -- perfect word here is "entitled." Trash is expected at these events. This was beyond that. And I'm part hippy so I'm sensitvie to these things ... I don't let balloons go outside (what about the birds!). 

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@ScottsMerkin She should have spent some time over at the Alumni Tailgate to find the true SEC hospitality, manners and truly excellent tailgate food.

youngmikelayne
youngmikelayne

@ScottsMerkin I'm a displaced LSU alum living in Tennessee who had to experience the game via TV (barely enduring Holtz and May at half time) & vicariously through my daughter who is a Sr. at LSU and who was at the game (but hopefully not a part of the garbage debacle...she was tailgating with the Alumni group).  In the spirit of LSU Football, we had great food (crawfish fettucini), french bread,  cold beer (New Belgium Shift) and we enjoyed the game very much.  My wife is a TCU alum (grad school) so we pull for the frogs too...unless they're playing the Tigers.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@youngmikelayne fair enough.  Did you enjoy the game?  Also, the food in the pictures looks amazing.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@CheeryBitch glad she survived, You've been here long enough to know I mean no harm.  

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