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MSU Game Weekend Guide: September 18th – 20th


We’re excited for our 2nd NEW SOUTH WEEKEND  in Mississippi’s College Town as welcome our family from Bulldog Nation back home — as well as our friends from Northwestern State! You’re in for a tailgating treat this weekend as well as plenty of shopping and dining, 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!

Citywide Tailgate Poster 2015New South Weekends begin early with the annual Citywide Tailgate, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 – the day before the MSU Bulldogs’ home football game against Northwestern State. This year’s event features 14 tailgating spots across the heart of Starkville, and is sponsored by the United Way of North Central Mississippi, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership and Dynamic Fire Protection Inc.

Participating teams – including businesses, civic groups, churches, schools and more – will develop their Tailgate sites at their chosen location and decorate the site according to the “All About That STATE” theme for this year’s event, organizers say. This year’s Citywide Tailgate theme was inspired by a version of Trainor’s song that was adapted into an Internet video by an MSU student to show his love for the Bulldogs, organizers say.

Admission is $5 per person, and a wristband will serve as your ticket at each tailgate. Wristbands may be purchased at any of the tailgate tents. All proceeds from the wristband sales going to support the work of the 15 charitable agencies supported by the United Way.


We invite you to take a tour of these great themed tailgating participants, enjoy the Bulldog spirit and support local charities impacting the Starkville community! Here’s your map of sites…




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, Giggleswick, Last Man Standing, Style Revel, Reeds and Luna Bella / Merle Normal 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!



artisan_download_webGAME WEEKEND DINING

Another game weekend in Starkville — SWEET! And, we have just the new favorites for you with our Artisan Breads and Sweets Culinary Map. Pumpkin spice lattes, rosemary boules, sprinkle biscuits and more hand-crafted goodness are waiting at our table!

Download the full culinary map here.

And, if you missed our FAVORITES map, you can take a peek at it too!


**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.

**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.


Looking for a great game day parking spot? Check out Cadence Bank’s lot on Russell Street next to Comfort Suites – all proceeds benefit Palmer Home for Children. Park where you see the “Parking for Palmer” sign.




Campus Parking:
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

DeRego’s Bread
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Artisan breads, boule, pastries, sandwiches, and weekly specials

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