We are just one day away from the big celebration of the LSU football national championship and with the possibility of rain, some plans could change.
The LSU football team will celebrate its college football national championship on Saturday, January 18, with an on-campus parade that will culminate with a celebration inside the Maravich Assembly Center.
Original plans called for a celebration outside Tiger Stadium. LSU officials implemented contingency plans moving the trophy presentation indoors in the PMAC due to anticipated weather conditions.
Weather permitting, the parade will begin at 11 a.m. at LSU’s School of Music, which is located on the north side of campus on Dalrymple Drive.
The celebration inside the Maravich Assembly Center will start at noon. Admission is free and fans are encouraged to tailgate along the parade route. Campus will open for tailgating at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
In the event of severe weather, the parade will be cancelled, but the celebration will still take place at noon inside the Maravich Assembly Center.
Seating inside the Maravich Assembly Center is general admission. Fans will enter the Maravich Assembly Center through the two ramps on the south side of the PMAC. Floor seating will be reserved for guests of LSU football and the university.
The parade will include all members of LSU’s national championship football team, including Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, along with head coach Ed Orgeron and the coaching staff.
Others participating in the parade include the Golden Band from Tigerland, the LSU cheerleaders, former LSU football players and dignitaries.
The parade begins at the LSU School of Music at 11 a.m. where it will make its way to the Maravich Center along Dalrymple Drive where it will take a left on Field House Drive and then down North Stadium Drive where the parade will make its way down Victory Hill.
Doors to the Maravich Assembly Center open at 9:30 a.m. and Parish County Line will perform outside the PMAC beginning at 9:30. Food and beverages will be available for purchase both inside and outside the arena.
In addition, LSU’s national championship gear and merchandise will be available for purchase at the LSU Sports Shop and around the Maravich Assembly Center.
Free parking on campus for fans attending the parade and celebration will be in lots 107, 109 and 110 (at the Nicholson Gateway area), lot 401 (south stadium), 402 and 404 (Nicholson extension), lots 304, 305 and 309 (The Oaks at Patrick F. Taylor) as well as lots around the LSU Student Union. RV parking will be in lot 407 off Skip Bertman Drive.
The celebration inside the Maravich Center will include the presentation of the national championship trophy by College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock, along with remarks from Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor Sharron Weston Broome, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, Interim LSU President Tom Galligan and Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Werner.
Orgeron, the national coach of the year, will address the crowd along with Burrow and other team captains.