Unique RV Park Opens in Baton Rouge
Ballentine Plaza, a new recreational vehicle park for tailgating adjacent to A.W. Mumford Stadium, outside Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., was unveiled on Oct. 10, according to The Louisiana Weekly.
The park is named in honor of Southern University alumnus and longtime football fan, Wardell Ballentine.
Flanked by his wife Josie, Ballentine said, “Thank you for providing a special place for us to continue doing what we do best.”
The park, which was developed to make room for the additions to the north end zone of A.W. Mumford Stadium, can accommodate more than 60 recreational vehicles with electrical outlets providing 50-amp service.
The Ballentines have been tailgating before and after Southern University football games for more than three decades. They began the tradition by traveling from Alexandria to Baton Rouge in their recreational vehicle and parking near the stadium prior to the start of Jaguar home games. Soon it became a gathering place for former classmates and friends where the Ballentines would serve members of the Jaguar Nation sandwiches and soft drinks.
Over the years, the Ballentine RV became known as “the meeting place” for relaxing and socializing before and after the games. The menu became more extensive and the circle of friends grew to alumni, state and national leaders and celebrities.