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MSU Game Weekend Guide: September 10th -13th


NEW SOUTH WEEKENDS are back in Mississippi’s College Town, and we are proud to welcome our family from Bulldog Nation back home — along with a few of our neighbors from Baton Rouge as well! We have a lot in store this weekend, so 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!





sept11_bashOur first New South Weekend of the 2015 season kicks off Friday evening with the annual BULLDOG BASH produced by the MSU Student Association! The event hails as the largest free outdoor concert in Mississippi, and this year’s line-up includes X Ambassadors, Misterwivesand the headliner, Local Natives! Activities begin at 2pm in the Cotton District with music on the Clark Beverages Main Stage starting at 7pm.

It takes a lot of street space to hold a dance party for over 35,000 students and locals, so please note these upcoming road closures for Bulldog Bash: University Drive from Nash Street to campus will be closed from midnight Thursday through early Saturday morning. Side streets from Lumus to University including Maxwell and Colonel Muldrow will also be closed Friday at 10am through early Saturday morning. Campus to community transit, SMART, campus to community transit, will also close Cotton District East & West stops on Friday, resuming Saturday morning.




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 WHITE OUT game!

Thank you to Main Street members, GiggleswickR. Tabb & CoOccasions, and George Sherman Clothiers for sharing a glimpse at some of their game day styles and tailgating ware!

Before Saturday’s contest with LSU, 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!




favorites_downloadGAME WEEKEND DINING

Whether it’s BBQ from The Little Dooeyrenown throughout the SEC, Mississippi’s Magazine’s 2015 Best Blue Plate from The Veranda, or Best Breakfast from Starkville Cafe or Best Brunch from Restaurant Tyler, traditions are grown around the table in Mississippi’s College Town! Don’t miss your visit to Starkville’s favorites before and after tailgating!

Download the full culinary map here.

**Scroll down to see our great options for brunch on Sunday!



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.




Key timeline for road closures:
Thursday, Sept. 10 
–B.S. Hood closes at 5:30 p.m. for Cowbell Yell
–University officials reserve the right to close it sooner if gate lines become too long.
–Gates open at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 11 
–University Drive closes from the bridge at the Hunter Henry Alumni Center to downtown Starkville from Paige Ave. to Col. Muldrow St. at 2 a.m. for setup of the Bulldog Bash main stage.
–Vendor and Fan Fair setup and installation of lights for the main stage begins at noon, resulting in the following street closures at that time: Maxwell St. at Lummus and Hogan St. (Maxwell St. will remain open).

Saturday, Sept. 12 
–Roads close at 4 p.m.
View this link for a map of gameday parking lots (click the link).  

General Gameday Campus Info:

Golf Carts
–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:

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

ADA Parking
–ADA parking is available on gameday. Visit
–The MSU Parking Assistance Center can provide golf cart shuttle services from all parking areas. On gameday, call662-325-9114 for all assistance needs.

Post-game egress:

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).





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!

bbb_foodRestaurant Tyler
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

24 hours
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

We are very excited to host Bulldog nation for this fall’s MSU football season! We hope you’ll plan to spend the WHOLE weekend during each visit so you can enjoy the best Mississippi’s College Town has to offer.  Check out the full NEW SOUTH WEEKENDS schedule for Friday evening events on every home football game weekend. Welcome home, Bulldogs! #HAILSTATE