Welcome home, Bulldogs! Mississippi State’s 2015 Homecoming is here, and we’re excited to welcome Bulldog fans back to Mississippi’s College Town along with our friends from Louisiana Tech! Read on to see what’s happening, including great resources for shopping and dining. You’ll find great information and helpful links for your best game weekend yet… HAIL STATE!
Junior Auxiliary 4th ChiliFest Cook-Off at MSU Amphitheater
Kids Village and Live Music by Bonfire Orchestra
Tickets $7 and available from JA members or at Thyme and Occasions
You be the judge of the best-of-the-best chili in Starkville, — all benefitting the quality programs of the Junior Auxiliary of Starkville.
GAME WEEKEND SHOPPING
There’s plenty of time this weekend to visit your favorite Starkville shops & boutiques to find tailgating supplies and the latest styles for Saturday’s game!
Thank you to Main Street members, George Sherman Clothiers, Gypster Veil and Polka Tots for sharing a glimpse at some of their game day styles!
During your Homecoming weekend, be sure to plan time to enjoy Starkville’s many local shops and restaurants! Our Starkville Main Street members always roll out the maroon carpet with sidewalk sales, dining and drink specials and more! This Google Map will serve as your walking tour guide!
View SHOP DOWNTOWN STARKVILLE in a larger map
FRIDAY, OCT. 16
College of Education Homecoming Reception
2 – 4 p.m.
T.K. Martin Center
Baseball Bulldog World Series – Game 2
5:30 p.m. – Starts at Aiken Village, travels south on College View Drive to the Amphitheater
Homecoming Court Presentation
at the end of the parade
Step Show at Newell-Grissom
6 p.m. Doors open
7 p.m. Show starts
MSU Soccer Game vs Florida
Movie Night after the game – Fans & families are invited on the field to watch “Inside Out” on the video board.
SATURDAY, OCT. 17
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Breakfast
Bost Extension Center
Art Department Alumni Tailgate
In front of Stafford Hall – hosted by Drew and Miranda Robertson
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and after the game
College of Business Breakfast
8 – 10 a.m.
Leo Seal, Jr. Family Business Atrium, McCool Hall
College of Veterinary Medicine Homecoming Breakfast Tailgate
Amphitheater grounds Tent #30
8 – 10 a.m.
Spirit Groups Alumni Reunion
Alumni Association Tailgate presented by Renasant Bank
In front of the M-Club in the Junction
Will be serving biscuits and gravy, sausage, and cheese grits, while supplies last.
8 – 10:30 a.m.
C Spire Fan Zone
8 – 10:30 a.m.
College of Arts and Sciences Homecoming Tailgate
NE corner of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson right across from the campus radio station.
9 – 11 a.m.
9 a.m. (approx)
MSU vs. Louisiana Tech Football Game
Scott Field at Davis Wade Stadium
11 a.m. Kickoff
Stripe Out Davis Wade Stadium – www.HailState.com/stripeout
Find your section and wear the designated color (maroon or white, of course).
Baseball Bulldog World Series – Game 3
SUNDAY, OCT. 21
Baseball Bulldog World Series – Game 4
GAME WEEKEND DINING
Whether it’s artisan breads and sweets, eclectic pizza pies or one of our iconic Starkville eateries, Homecoming traditions aren’t complete without a visit to one of your favorite Starkville tables! Some of the best chefs, bakers and culinary entrepreneurs in the Southeast are waiting with great specials and the menu items you’ve been waiting for all season! Download one of our Culinary Maps below for your weekend’s best dining options…
**Scroll down to see our great options for brunch on Sunday!
TO & FROM THE GAME… LOGISTICS
Free parking in several lots as well as 2-hour curbside in Downtown Starkville for easy access to shopping, dining and transit to the game.
Starkville offers three options for public transit to and from Davis Wade Stadium on gameday. Check out your options below, and visit SMART TRANSIT for a full list of routes, schedules and arrival times.
**NOTE: The MSU SMART office has made a change to the gameday Hwy 12 route. It will now drop off at Newell-Grissom rather than Giles Hall.
MSU TRAFFIC INFORMATION
—View this link for a map of gameday parking lots (click the link).
General Gameday Campus Info:
–Fans are encouraged to follow all golf cart rules and respect the roads that are off limits beginning four hours prior to kick off.
–Full rules and regulations can be found here: fanguide.msstate.edu/parking/carts.php
Trash and Recycling
–Help keep campus looking nice on gameday for fans and visitors. Fans are encouraged to bag both their recyclable and disposable items during their tailgating.
Run three hours before kick off and two hours after the end of the game:
— Reserved RV/Wise Center–Picks up at RV Lots 29 and 31 and on the northwest corner of the Wise Center and drops off at Thompson Hall.
— Thad Cochran Research Park–Runs from Research Park to Humphrey Coliseum.
— Davis Wade Express–Picks up at Starkville Daily News and drops off at Giles Hall.
— S.M.A.R.T Downtown Route–Service to Giles Hall from the following locations: Patriots Park, Regions Bank, Bank of Commerce, Fire Station One, Hartness Street, Catholic Church, Sweet Peppers to Giles Hall.
–Highway 12 Express–Service to Newell Grissom from the following locations: WalMart, Kroger, Avenue of Patriots, Vowell’s Marketplace and The Mill at MSU Conference Center.
–For additional transportation choices that run throughout Starkville, visit www.smart.msstate.edu.
–ADA parking is available on gameday. Visit bit.ly/MSUGameParking.
–The MSU Parking Assistance Center can provide golf cart shuttle services from all parking areas. On gameday, call662-325-9114 for all assistance needs.
Law enforcement will be working key intersections both on and off campus after the game, and they ask fans to:
—Pay attention and use precaution; follow intersection officers’ instructions.
––View this link for a map of key intersections and traffic flow for post-game egress (click the link).
BRUNCH IN STARKVILLE
Join us on Sunday for special shopping hours with some of your favorite Downtown retailers shown above as well as delicious brunch! Check out this list of Starkville restaurants and pick your table!
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Local food favorites featuring chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, and blue plate menu
Central Station Grill
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Daily chef specials, Bloody Mary bar, $2 Mimosas
Old Venice Pizza Company
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Old fashioned staples like french toast, belgian waffles, and build-your-own waffles
Full menu served 24 hours including breakfast sandwiches, omelets and sausage, and skillet plates
Aramark – Fresh Food Company
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
All you care to eat buffet for $8 per person plus tax. Kids 12 and under eat for $5.50 plus tax, and children under 3 years old eat free.
Dawg House Sports Grill
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Breakfast sandwiches, steak and eggs, Bottomless Bloddy Mary’s and Mimosas for $20
929 Coffee Bar
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Savory house made quiche, breakfast casseroles, sweet breakfast options, coffee
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
House made quiche, waffles, omelets, blue plates, and even chicken and dumplins