The following can be attributed to Dr. Joseph Savoie, University of Louisiana at Lafayette president.
Fans of Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns want more, more, more. And that's just what they'll get this football season. More reserved tailgating. More parking spaces. And more family fun.
With renewed enthusiasm, Ragin' Cajun fans flocked to Cajun Field last season. More of the same is anticipated this season and that's why changes needed to be made.
For starters, the number of reserved tailgating spaces have increased by 20 percent. In addition,limestone parking lots were installed, increasing the number of parking spaces to 4500.
"We want to be able to handle the anticipated crowds for this season's six home games, so we had to increase some areas," said UL Lafayette Athletic Director Nelson Schexnayder.
And those aren't the only changes. Ragin' Cajun fans who are unable to reserve a tailgating spot in advance can tailgate in their parking spot.
"We welcome and encourage our fans to come out early to enjoy the unique atmosphere of tailgating in Acadiana, but we ask that they only set up in the single space where they park their vehicles," said Nelson. "That way, everyone can enjoy the family fun of Ragin' Cajun tailgating."
Fans can enjoy live music, the Zoo of Acadiana petting zoo and inflatable fun jumps before each home game.
Motorists are reminded to use Gate 2 at Bertrand Drive and Gates 3 and 4 at West Congress to enter Cajun Field. The home opener against Louisiana Tech starts at 7 p.m. Saturday with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.
Ragin' Cajun seat cushions, sponsored by Whitney National Bank, will be given out to the first fans through Gate A, while supplies last. Cajun Field parking opens at noon.