STARKVILLE – Mississippi State will celebrate its 2021 Baseball National Championship on Friday, July 2, with a parade through downtown Starkville that will culminate with an event inside Dudy Noble Field at Polk-Dement Stadium.
The parade will kick off at 5:30 p.m. CT. The route will begin at The Little Dooey on University Drive and end outside the home plate gate at Dudy Noble Field. The parade will include Diamond Dawg student-athletes and coaches, athletics and campus administrators, as well as other invited guests and honorees.
Fans are encouraged to tailgate along the parade route (map of route coming soon).
The ceremony at Dudy Noble Field will begin approximately 45 minutes following the parade and will honor head coach Chris Lemonis and his 2021 National Champion Diamond Dawgs who bested Vanderbilt in the three-game championship series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska this week.
Fans will hear from Lemonis, President Mark Keenum, Director of Athletics John Cohen, City of Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill, student-athletes and other special guests.
Free parking will be available on campus.
To access open parking after 445pm, event traffic should:
For East Campus Parking use Hwy 182 to George Perry Blvd to Bailey Howell or East Lee Blvd to Bailey Howell Blvd
For South Campus Parking use Hwy 12 to Bully Blvd, Stone Blvd or Spring Street/Blackjack Road
Gates at Dudy Noble Field will open at 2:30 p.m. CT. Admission to the event will be free and open to the public. Seating will be general admission on a first come first served basis. Fans are welcome to bring personal coolers, snacks and beverages inside the stadium. Overflow seating will be available at Humphrey Coliseum, which will open at 4 p.m. CT.
Restrooms will be available during the event. Concession stands will not be open.
Details will continue to be released throughout the week on HailState.com and on social media leading up to Friday’s events. To see the original news release, click here.