Mike VII, a live Siberian-Bengal male tiger, is LSU’s official mascot. Mike
proudly rules over a modern domicile just north of Tiger Stadium that
was completed prior to the 2005 football season and renovated in 2017.
The environment created for Mike is 15,000 square feet in size with lush
planting, a large live oak tree, a beautiful waterfall and a stream evolving
from a rocky backdrop overflowing with plants and trees. This spectacular
habitat features state-of-the-art technologies, research, conservation and
husbandry programs, as well as educational, interpretive and recreational
LSU is one of the few college football teams that traditionally wears
white jerseys for home games. The tradition originated when LSU won its
first national championship in 1958. Head coach Paul Dietzel had a habit
of tinkering with the uniform every year. In 1958, he chose to wear white
jerseys for LSU’s home games, the Tigers subsequently won the national
championship, and LSU continued to wear white jerseys for home games.
Today, the Tigers wear white jerseys for their home opener and all SEC home
games, and LSU dons purple jerseys for non-SEC home contests.
A pregame ritual for many Tiger fans is to line North Stadium Drive in
the hours before kickoff to see the Tiger Marching Band in its walk from
the band hall. The band pauses each game on the hill next to the Mass
Communications Building to play “Tiger Rag,” to the delight of the LSU
throngs. The Tiger football team began the tradition in the early 1990s
of taking a pregame walk down Victory Hill two hours before each home
game. The team buses drive from the on-campus Lod Cook Hotel to the top
of Victory Hill between the Academic Center and Mass Communications
Building in order for the players to make their traditional walk.
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