While LSU takes on a team in Death Valley, the staff at LSU Facilities Services faces their own opponent off the field; and like the Tigers, the prep begins long before kickoff.
"It's kind of like fighting a war," said the assistant director for Landscape Services Fred Fellner. "It starts on a Monday and ramps all the way up to Sunday."
Facilities Services is responsible for keeping all 1,000 acres of the LSU campus beautiful and clean, even as thousands of tailgaters and visitors pour in each home game. They begin coordinating resources on Monday, and start setting up trash bins by Friday. Before the first tent is ever set up, 4,000 containers are already in place.
Shifts of workers will continue through the game on Saturday, helping to keep the campus and the stadium as clean as they can. However, the real work starts at four Sunday morning, when 150 workers replace tailgaters. Their job is to pick up and gather the more than 50 tons of waste left behind by fans.