Alex Box Stadium at Skip Bertman Field – LSU Tigers
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Alex Box Stadium – The Mecca of American College Baseball
Alex Box Stadium at Skip Bertman Field is located on the Louisiana State University campus in in Baton Rouge. While the LSU Tigers baseball team has called Alex Box home for quite some time, a new and improved home was constructed in 2009. The Box is without doubt the Mecca of American College Baseball.
Alex Box Stadium features a seating capacity of 10,326 and every seat comes in handy. LSU has not only led in average home attendance each year since 1998, but has crushed the competition (3,000 more per game than second place Mississippi State in 2014). With standing room only seating available, Tiger baseball games often exceed seating capacity.
The Tiger baseball experience at Alex Box Stadium has it all, from a powerhouse ball club, state of the art facility, great food selection, a rabid fan base, and an intimidating atmosphere for opposing teams. Fans of college baseball would be wise to make the pilgrimage to Baton Rouge part of their ballpark bucket list.
Food & Beverage 5
The Box has an excellent variety of concession items with reasonable prices and a few signature items.
Quality and Variety of Food Options. There are numerous concession stands available throughout The Box. The permanent concession stands are located in the main concourse above the first level seating and one each down the baselines towards outfield. Here you’ll find your ballpark favorites as well as a few special items. Entree items include burgers ($6), hot dogs ($3.50), foot long corn dog ($5.50), sausage po-boy ($6), the chicken tender basket ($8.50), and a fish sandwich ($6.50 – available during lent). Snacks and sides include nachos ($4.50), French fries ($4), popcorn ($3.50), and peanuts ($4), among other options. If you love popcorn (and I mean really, really love it) or you have a large family to share with, look for the massive 170 oz. Mega Bag Popcorn. Another great snack is the Cajun Hot Nuts for $5.50.
The options definitely extend past the main stands with several food carts available throughout the concourse. Triple B’s Cajun Corner offers up jambalaya and other great local flavors. Bayou Cafe also serves jambalaya and very popular meat pies. The Dog House features gourmet hot dogs including the “Ditka Dog” (spicy beef Polish sausage topped with sauteed onions). There is also a Kona Ice Snow Ball stand and an Oreo Churro’s cart. Needless to say, there’s a little something for everyone.
Variety of Drink Options. The Box features Coca-Cola chain fountain sodas. The 22 oz. is $4 and the 32 oz. is $5. Bottled Dasani water is available in the 1/2 liter ($3) and full liter ($5.50) sizes. If Dasani water seems a little pricey, you can rehydrate at one of the free water fountains near the restrooms. Also available are frozen lemonade, Powerade, and both coffee and hot chocolate (for cold weather games). Alcohol is not sold in Alex Box Stadium.
Recommendation. The clear fan favorite is the Chicken Tender Basket (pictured below). You get a generous portion of fries with freshly fried chicken strips. It sounds simple, but it’s definitely delicious. If you’re looking for a taste of local Cajun cuisine, try the jambalaya or meat pies at Bayou Cafe.
The atmosphere at Alex Box Stadium is impeccable. Whether it’s the “Intimidator” out in right field listing the storied accomplishments of Tiger baseball, the JumboTron in left field, the view of Tiger Stadium beyond center field, or the state-of-the-art new facility, The Box provides an unmatched atmosphere.
Stadium Aesthetics. The atmosphere will wow you before you even get through the gates. As you approach the main entrance, you’ll walk through the Gerry Lane Championship Plaza which pays homage to the LSU baseball national championship teams. Over by the ticket windows is a large Mike the Tiger statue (which makes for a great photo op with the kids) and the Wally Pontiff Jr. Baseball Hall of Fame.
As you make your way up to the main concourse between the lower and upper tiers behind home plate, you’ll catch a nice breeze due to the ballpark’s open-air concourse design. Down at both ends of the baselines, in the outfield, you’ll find two large playgrounds which are perfect for families traveling in with kids.
If you’re a fan of the visiting team, don’t fix your attention to the “Intimidator” in right field. Appropriately named, the Intimidator is a massive billboard which lists LSU’s long list of championships and post-season accomplishments. The JumboTron scoreboard in left field provide a massive HD screen for replay and stats with a nice decorative clock on top. If you’re a college football fan, it’s hard to beat the dominating view of LSU’s Tiger Stadium beyond center field.
In-Game Promotions and Entertainment. Despite having a facility which rivals most elite minor league ballparks, don’t expect a minor league experience. The LSU game day crew works hard to keep fans engaged between innings with low-key on-field events and piped in music, but they don’t go overboard.
Seat Location Recommendations. There are several sections of seating at The Box. If you’re looking for the most cost-effective, the bleachers down the end of both baselines and beyond right and left field where it’s at. If you are traveling with little ones, the bleachers will give you quick access to concessions and also the playground area. Of course, the best seat in the house at almost any college baseball game are the chair backs behind home plate. Chair backs are available throughout most of the seating areas between first and third bases.
Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, but still maintains the college-town feel, especially near the LSU campus. While there’s plenty to do in the greater Baton Rouge area, there is a growing area near Alex Box referred to as Southgate. Our recommendations will focus primarily on this area, but keep in mind there are plenty of options throughout the city.
Where to Eat. No LSU baseball experience is complete without a trip to Walk-Ons. Within walking distance of The Box, Walk-Ons is a sports pub with an excellent selection of beer and pub food. Be sure to stop in either before or after the game. The Mellow Mushroom is a good local stop for pizza. If you’re looking for buffalo wings, check-out Pluckers, and Hello Sushi serves up a great variety of quality sushi.
Attractions & Entertainment. The LSU Baseball Hall of Fame couldn’t be more accessible. Built into Alex Box Stadium, you can visit before, during, or after the game (when open). Make the trek towards Tiger Stadium to see LSU’s live mascot, Mike the Tiger, in his million dollar habitat. There are several good local bars/pubs in the area if you’re looking to grab a drink. Outside of the LSU campus, there’s the L’Auberge casino, Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge Zoo, and much more to keep you engaged outside of the game.
Where to Stay. The Staybridge Suites Baton Rouge-University At Southgate is nearby Walk-Ons and within walking distance to Alex Box.
You’ll be hard pressed to find another college baseball fan base which is more loyal, consistently shows up the ballpark, and gets as loud as Tiger baseball fans do. Tiger faithful are the cream of the crop.
Typical Attendance. One of the many strengths of the game day experience at The Box is undoubtedly fan support. LSU has dominated NCAA baseball attendance, leading the nation in average home crowd since 1998. That’s quite an impressive streak. Weekend SEC series are almost always near capacity. The midweek in-state matchups are great draws as well, especially against Tulane and UL-Lafayette.
Crowd Noise & Engagement. Don’t be surprised if the entire stadium claps in support of the pitcher in a two-out jam as early as the first inning. Where in some ballparks, this is reserved for the final out in the bottom of the ninth, Tiger fans are intuitive and know when to get involved throughout the entire game. Fans join along when the many songs unique to LSU are piped in including “Fight For LSU” and “Hey Fighting Tiger”. The crowd will also break-out in a chant during random portions of the game where one side of the stadium yells “Go” (that’s correctly spelled “Geaux” in Cajun country) and the other side yells “Tiger” in return.
When 10,000+ fans converge onto a college baseball field, access can be a bit tricky. The Alex Box experience, however, handles large crows well by managing traffic flow after the game, providing free parking within a short walk to the stadium, and through a smart stadium design that allows for wide, open-air concourses which are easy to move around.
Transit to and from Stadium. Alex Box Stadium is accessible on the south side of the LSU campus. Nicholson Drive is your best bet en route to the stadium and can be directly accessed from I-10. Gourrier Avenue runs in front of The Box off Nicholson, but this intersection will be busy as game time approaches. If you want to park in one of the free lots to the west of the stadium, take Skip Bertman Drive to River Road, then turn onto Gourrier from the west heading east.
Parking. The lots directly around Alex Box Stadium are reserved primarily for season ticket holders and can only be purchased as a full-season pass. However, multiple free lots are available within walking distance to the ballpark. The “Old Front Nine” grass lot provides walking access both to Walk-Ons sports pub and to Alex Box. The “Golf Course” lot fills the quickest but is closest to the stadium.
Ticketing & Gate Entry. As you approach the stadium behind home plate, the ticket windows will be located to your left (third base side). Any lines you encounter here will be move quickly. The main entrance gate is located directly behind home plate via the Gerry Lane Championship Plaza. There is also an entrance gate down both first and third baselines. Again, you’ll move through the gate quickly.
Moving around the stadium. For a large stadium, you won’t have any problems getting up and down from your seat. The open-air concourse between the upper and lower levels is spacious, even for at-capacity crowds. There is a concourse around the stadium inside the exterior fence which can also be utilized. There are several restroom facilities throughout the ballpark and lines are non-existent. An elevator is available behind home plate.
Return on Investment 5
You simply can’t beat the experience at Alex Box Stadium for the investment. For as low as $10-$12 dollars, you can score a bleacher seat to the premier baseball venue in the country. There is accessible free parking near the stadium for non-season ticket holders. Concessions costs are reasonable, considering the size of the venue. Overall, the return-on-investment for attending a Tiger baseball game at The Box is an extreme value if you spend your money wisely.
The LSU baseball experience is filled with “extras” which make the ballpark environment elite.
First and foremost, the Wally Pontiff Jr. LSU Baseball Hall of Fame is a wonderful tribute to the Tiger baseball program. What’s even better is the location: built into Alex Box Stadium. Fans can choose to take a break in action to visit the Hall of Fame during the game.
It doesn’t get much more impressive than the “Intimidator” billboard in right field. With an image of a growling tiger, each of LSU baseball’s championships and post-season accomplishments are listed.
Our top score for LSU fans just simply isn’t good enough. When you’ve consistently dominated attendance rankings for nearly two decades, that’s not only the product of a large ballpark, but of a fan base that has stuck with the Tigers during championship years throughout the 90s and down times when LSU sought to replace hall of fame coach Skip Bertman.
Multiple large playground areas are a great benefit to families attending the game with little ones. Whether you are sitting in the outfield or along the baselines, the playground areas are accessible in the corners of the ballpark.
There are several other “extras” beyond the five needed here. There’s a very accessible Fan Zone which serves as an information booth. The LSU Sportshop is also available to purchase apparel. There are numerous ballpark layout displays posted on the walls around the ballpark so you can quickly identify where you are and how to get around the stadium.
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