Tiger fans everywhere have long admired Mike the Tiger. He attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year and the Tiger Athletic Foundation is currently accepting donations and sponsors for the construction and maintenance of Mike’s new habitat.
The grassroots "I Like Mike" campaign began in the fall of 2001. The first phase of the campaign consisted of stationing Tiger trucks around the LSU campus on every home football game day. Donations were taken at each Tiger truck locations. Collection boxes were placed at all concession stands in Tiger Stadium and at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center during basketball season. A collection box was placed at Mike the Tiger's old home.
Bricks are being donated for $100 each and are being engraved and used in the construction of the walkway around Mike's new home. Student organizations as well as TAF's Collegiate Club have joined forces to actively raise funds for the campaign. The $10.00 membership for the TAF Collegiate Club goes directly to the "I Like Mike" campaign. A committee headed by the wife of former LSU Chancellor, DeLaine Emmert and Bill Hulsey was formed to seek sponsors for the project.
World-renowned Louisiana artist George Rodrigue created a masterpiece that captures the heart of every Tiger fan and is sure to become another one of his classic works of art. With your $500 dollar donations comes this stunning piece of art featuring Mike.
Torre Design Consortium, LTD was hired as the architect for the design of Mike's new habitat. The cost of the project was approximately $3 million for Phase I of the project. Construction started in November, 2004 and the first phase was completed in September 2005. Mike's new home is in the same area as his present home, but is considerably larger.
This new home for Mike is an exciting venture and TAF hopes that Tiger fans everywhere will join in helping with construction and maintenance of the finest Tiger habitat in the United States.