Mother Nature may have pulled rank Saturday night to show who’s really boss in Tiger Stadium, but she has no say in ranking the country’s best college football towns.
Here’s hoping that she’s exhausted her fury and skies will be clear when LSU takes on Auburn at home on Sept. 19, so home and visiting fans, alike, can experience the hospitality of one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s top-ranked college football towns. Baton Rouge not only is included in this 15-city roster but is first on the magazine’s 2015 Best College Football Towns list.
The magazine also is asking readers to vote for their favorite college football town on this list by visiting its website. The article begins with a slide show with stories about each destination and includes a voting ballot at the bottom. Southeastern Conference towns Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Athens, Georgia; and Oxford, Mississippi, also are on this list.
“We at Travel+Leisure came up with an admittedly non-exhaustive list of the best college football towns across the country for 2015,” writer Chris Abell states. “We asked proud alums and local insiders to give us the scoop on some of these places, and we found that they all offer far more than gameday fun: From state capitols to botanical gardens, microbreweries to museums, the attractions in the these communities make them destinations in their own right.”
As for Baton Rouge, Abell writes, “Down in the Bayou, Louisianans root hard for the LSU Tigers—but that doesn’t mean they lose their Southern hospitality. Tailgating is a campus-wide party set under the sweeping live oaks, and Tiger fans know their food. Barbecue pits, shrimp boils, jambalaya—expect to find all that and more on game days. And what else can you find? A live tiger. For decades, LSU has kept Mike the Tiger on campus, where he lives in a 15,000 square-foot environment called his ‘habitat.’ After the game, grab a burger or some Louisiana fare at The Chimes, or head downtown to stroll along the Mississippi River and check out the state capitol.”
Want to make Baton Rouge No. 1? Visit travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-college-football-towns?xid=NL_TLDaily090615ReadOn and cast your vote.