LSU Gold

Parking, Traffic Updates for 2018 LSU Football

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
Parking, Traffic Updates for 2018 LSU Football

BATON ROUGE – LSU opens its 2018 home schedule on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT against Southeastern Louisiana and fans coming to the game should expect some changes around campus highlighted by the addition of the recently opened Nicholson Gateway Development and state improvements made to Nicholson Drive.

GameDay Info | Purchase Tickets/ParkingParking Info | Parking Map | Use Waze App Directions

New For 2018

The new Nicholson Gateway Development, located just west of Tiger Stadium off of Nicholson Dr., has brought exciting new elements to campus life. In addition to apartment-like living for over 1,500 LSU students, the development is also home to Matherne’s Market and Starbucks with more retail shops and eateries coming in the near future.

With the addition of the Nicholson Gateway Development and the state’s restructuring of Nicholson Drive between Burbank and West Chimes Street, fans should be aware of new parking lots, traffic flow patterns, as well as the re-naming of Nicholson Extension to South Quad Drive.

The following is a quick guide to some of the changes fans can expect when coming to campus for LSU football games this fall:


There are several new reserved lots within the Nicholson Gateway Development. Lots 109 and 110 are reserved and are located within the development. Those fans parking in Lots 109 and 110 must access these lots from Skip Bertman Drive.

Access to Lots 103, 104, 105 and 106 along Nicholson Drive
For fans parking in Lots 103, 104, 105 and 106 – the Nicholson Drive improvements have modified medians and curbsides and could possibly change how you enter your lot. Directional signage along with police officers will direct fans parking in Lots 103, 104, 105, and 106 on the quickest way to enter each lot.

Lot 103 – Guests heading south on Nicholson will be allowed to U-turn at the end of the median before the North Stadium light.

Lot 104 – Guests heading south on Nicholson will be able to access lot 104 through the U-turn/ turning lane in the median. The entrance directly across from the opening in the median will be open in addition to main Lot 104 entrance that we used previous years.

Lot 105 – No changes. Guests will continue to enter from West Chimes.

Lot 106 – A new entrance will be created inside lot 105 that will allow guests to enter through the lot 105 entrance on West Chimes and access Lot 106 from the backside. A ramp is being created in the first two parking spaces along the main drive in lot 105 that will facilitate this.

If you have specific questions regarding any of these parking lots, please call the customer service phone line at (225) 578-4085.

Fans are reminded that no parking is allowed along Nicholson Drive. Parking lots on campus open at open at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Parking In Lot 407 Currently Available

Parking in Lot 407 (corner of Skip Bertman and River Road) for games against Southeastern Louisiana ($20), Louisiana Tech ($20), Rice ($20), Ole Miss ($40) and Mississippi State ($40) is currently available for purchase. Fans can purchase permits for Lot 407 in advance at or these can be purchased on gameday by credit card. Parking in Lot 407 opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Free Parking Available

Free parking for Saturday’s game will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the following areas: Hayfield, Levee South, Gourrier South, LSU Golf Course and the old front nine off of Burbank. View the 2018 LSU Football parking map.

More Reminders

For safety concerns, street parking will still not be allowed on Nicholson Dr./Highway 30 and Burbank Dr. south of Skip Bertman Dr. Tailgating is still allowed in the grass areas adjacent to Nicholson Dr., however, vehicles will not be allowed to park in this area. Fans tailgating in these areas are encouraged to use the Old Front Nine free parking lot.

ADA Parking In Lot 409

Free ADA parking will be available in Lot 409 (Hall of Fame Lot at Alex Box Stadium) with a shuttle running starting five hours before kickoff. Patrons must show a state-issued hang tag for access to this lot.


Pedestrian Buffer Zone on Nicholson between North Stadium and South Stadium Drives

A pedestrian buffer zone will remain in effect on Nicholson Dr. for fans exiting Tiger Stadium heading west. Nicholson Dr. between North Stadium Dr. and South Stadium Dr. will have no post-game vehicular traffic. Traffic will be forced north and south at these streets with no cross traffic allowed. This operation will allow fans to cross Nicholson Dr. without competing vehicular traffic, as well as assisting with the forced directional exit in the parking lots around the stadium.

Post-Game Traffic

LSU will enforce directional exiting from all parking lots. Please be patient, drive safely, and listen to the instruction of the law enforcement officers assisting fans with exiting into the correct post-game direction. Be sure to review directional routes and all parking guidelines at

Lyft Rideshare

Lyft is the official rideshare partner of LSU Athletics. Drop off and pickup locations are located around the perimeter of campus.

Fans are always encouraged to arrive early and to carpool when possible to help reduce the number of vehicles on campus. Fans are also asked to reference for parking updates, suggested routes to campus, and other gameday related information. Fans should also be aware that the LSU campus is closed to thru traffic until 5 p.m. on Fridays. | Visit

The hub for everything gameday is, which is a mobile-friendly website dedicated to educate fans on all policies and procedures that relate to LSU Athletics events, in particular football games.

Fans are encouraged to follow @LSUsports and @LSUgameops on Twitter for pregame and postgame traffic and parking lot alerts.