LSU is a university driven by a fierce love of sports. Not only do students seemingly live and die by Tiger football successes and failures, but the town itself is also driven to the edges of hysterics during football season. LSU football games are legendary for their special atmosphere, particularly the cheers and various superstitions enacted in the student section. The popular phrase, "Baton Rouge is a drinking town with a football problem," is made evident by the numerous tailgating spots before home games. Though "Death Valley" has a capacity of more than 91,600, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get student tickets, so be sure to pay attention to summer registration deadlines, or prepare to stake out a place at one of the popular bars such as Walk On's or Serrano's to watch the game. If you don't know anything about SEC football, brush up before school starts and buy some purple and gold clothing, or be prepared to feel a twinge of embarrassment when students begin to rant about rivalries and coaches.
Beyond football, the men's baseball, women's basketball, and men's and women's track & field are known for staying near the top of the rankings each year. Students often spend evenings in the spring semester at basketball games and warm afternoons in Alex Box watching men's baseball, which is known for having record college baseball attendance. The women's gymnastics team is also known for drawing a strong crowd to its meets. Club sports offer those with athletic prowess a great chance to get in on the action, but don't expect a strong following. IM sports are usually filled with student clubs and Greek organizations, but students are known for starting their own off-the-wall teams.