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Game Day Survival Guide

By Robyn Lua

College football season is one of the most celebrated times of the year, especially down here in the South. I’m sure all students in the SEC can agree that it’s more than just football; it’s a way of life.   From tailgating during the day to Saturday night in Death Valley, every game day is something to remember –especially when Alabama comes to town. It’s truly one of the best experiences of college if you do it right; and to make sure you do, I’ve compiled a short list of 10 friendly reminders for LSU game days.

1. DO wear purple and gold.

There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing the Parade Ground and Tiger Stadium full of our school’s colors. We are the LSU Tigers that “Love Purple, Live Gold.” Quit with the magentas and chartreuses. And don’t even think about wearing cheetah print.

2. DON’T forget to charge your phone.

We all have that one friend who disappears at some point during the day and is unreachable because his/her phone died. Don’t be that friend. Charge your phone, and make it last.

3. DO wear comfortable shoes.

The amount of walking during game day is no joke.

4. DON’T travel alone.

In case #2 fails and your phone dies, at least you’ll be with someone you know. Also, there’s safety in numbers, so please use the buddy system.

5.  DO prepare for the weather.

Although the chance of rain is never in Death Valley, tailgating is a different story. In South Louisiana, we tend to experience all four seasons during the course of a day. Be sure to check the weather report the night before and plan accordingly.

6. DON’T forget to eat.

Having fun comes second to your health. Home games are an all-day event, so you’ll need all the energy you can get. Plus, the food is one of the best parts of tailgating!

7.  DO bring cash.

Just in case. You never know when you’ll need it. Plus, we all know you’re going to end up in Tigerland after the game.

8. DON’T fight.

Have some class, y’all. Whatever it is, it’s not worth it.

9. DO stay until the end of the game.

Win or lose, we are all part of one team, and we should show our support until the end. There’s a reason why Tiger Stadium has been named the most intimidating stadium in college football. Leaving early makes everyone look bad. Whatever it is, it can probably wait.

10. DON’T drink too fast.

This is directed at everyone 21 and older, of course. There’s always those people who pre-game a little too hard and can barely walk off the Parade Ground. The best way to put it is, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint!” Pace yourself, and stay hydrated in between.

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