Fans gathered at the LSU Football Operations Center Wednesday afternoon as the LSU Football team left Baton Rouge at 4 p.m. for the ride to New Orleans and events leading up to the the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. The game starts at 7:38 p.m. on Monday night.

From lsusports.net

The following is a schedule of events for the LSU Football team’s 2012 BCS National Championship Game appearance.

Events are subject to change and many are NOT open to the public or the media.

Wednesday, Jan. 4

5:15 p.m.: Team Arrives at New Orleans Hilton Riverside (Two Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130)

5:20 p.m.: Arrival Press Conference with Les Miles, OG Will Blackwell, WR Rueben Randle, S Eric Reid, S Brandon Taylor

7 p.m.: Team Party at Rock ‘N Bowl (Private Event)

Thursday, Jan. 5

9 a.m.: Practice at Mercedes-Benz Superdome (Closed to public)

12:45 p.m.: Defensive Press Conference (Marriott Convention Center) with DC John Chavis, DT Michael Brockers, CB Morris Claiborne, DB Tyrann Mathieu, S Eric Reid, S Brandon Taylor

4 p.m.: LSU Hospital Visit (Children’s Hospital - 200 Henry Clay Ave.)

5:30 p.m.: Team Party at Rex Den & Zea’s (Private Event)

Friday, Jan. 6

10:30 a.m.: LSU Media Day at Mercedes-Benz Superdome

11:30 a.m.: Team Photo

Noon: Practice at Mercedes-Benz Superdome (Closed to public)

5:45 p.m.: Team Party at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse (Private Event)

Saturday, Jan. 7

10 a.m.: Practice at Saints’ Practice Facility (Closed to public)

12 - 8 p.m.: 2012 Allstate Fan Fest (free to the public; not a team event) in the Jax Brewery parking lots off Decatur Street | More Info

12:45 p.m.: Offensive Press Conference (Marriott Convention Center) with OC Greg Studrawa, QB Jordan Jefferson, RB Michael Ford, WR Rueben Randle, OG Will Blackwell, C P.J. Lonergan

Sunday, Jan. 8

11 a.m.: Les Miles Press Conference (Marriott Convention Center)

12 - 8 p.m.: 2012 Allstate Fan Fest (free to the public; not a team event) in the Jax Brewery parking lots off Decatur Street

3:45 p.m.: Practice at Saints’ Practice Facility (Closed to public)

7-8 p.m.: The Les Miles Show presented by Capital One Bank at Grand Ballroom - Sheraton New Orleans (doors open to the public at 5:30 p.m.)

Monday, Jan. 9

2 p.m.: Allstate BCS Championship Fan Jam (Champions Square at Superdome) | More Info

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.: TAF Tailgate Party

5:05 p.m.: Team departs for Mercedes-Benz Superdome

7:38 p.m.: Kickoff of 2012 BCS National Championship Game, #1 LSU vs. #2 Alabama

Tuesday, Jan. 10

9 a.m.: Winning Coach Press Conference/Trophy Presentation

11 a.m.: Team departs New Orleans for Baton Rouge

12:15 p.m.: Team arrives on Football Operations Building