The LSU main campus occupies a 650 acre plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River; overall, LSU is located on 2,000 acres of land just south of downtown Baton Rouge. The campus boasts more than 250 principal buildings. Many of the buildings are built in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, and are marked by red pantiled roofs, overhanging eaves, rolling arches, and honey-colored stucco, and most were built between 1925 and 1940.
Thomas Gaines’ The Campus as a Work of Art praises LSU’s landscaping as “a botanical joy” in its listing among the 20 best campuses in America. The live oak trees on campus have been valued at $36 million. Through the LSU Foundation’s “Endow an Oak” program, individuals or groups are able to endow live oaks across campus.
LSU, with school colors purple and gold, is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the Southeastern Conference. It fields teams in 20 varsity sports (9 men’s, 11 women’s)
LSU Athletics is represented by its mascot, a Bengal tiger named Mike the Tiger. The tiger was named after Mike Chambers, LSU’s athletic trainer in 1936, when Mike I was bought for $750 from the Little Rock (Ark.) Zoo. Mike I was introduced on October 21, 1936. Mike V reigned from 1990–2007. It was announced in March 2007 that Mike V had entered into the first stage of retirement. He remained housed in his on-campus habitat until his death due to kidney failure on May 18, 2007 at age 17. The latest in the line is two years old, weighs 300 pounds and was acquired from an Indiana big-cat sanctuary. Previously known as Roscoe, “Mike VI” is a Bengal-Siberian mix and was officially named Mike on September 8th, 2007. He was introduced to fans at the home game against Florida on October 6th 2007.
LSU’s arenas include Tiger Stadium (football, also known as “Death Valley”), Pete Maravich Assembly Center (basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics, also known as the PMAC), Carl Maddox Fieldhouse (indoor track), Bernie Moore Stadium (outdoor track), Tiger Park (softball), and Alex Box Stadium (baseball). New baseball and softball arenas are currently being constructed, but the venues will retain the old names, respectively. content via wikipedia