Stadium, Traffic, Parking and Ticket Policies Set

STARKVILLE, Miss. ­ Mississippi State announced Tuesday policies for fans attending the Bulldogs' season-opening game with Oregon, Saturday, Aug. 30. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. CT at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.

To provide efficient travel onto and off campus on game-day, all roads on the campus will be open until 2 p.m. At that time, Hood Road, which runs north-south on the west side of the stadium will close to all traffic. Barr Avenue and Lee Boulevard, east-west thoroughfares on the north and south sides of the stadium will close to automobile traffic at 5 p.m. The university will begin monitoring parking areas, beginning at 2 p.m. Parking is permitted only in designated areas. Open, pay lot parking is available south of the stadium off Stone Boulevard and north of the stadium near Humphrey Coliseum.

The MSU Athletic Ticket Office will open at the Bryan Athletic Administration Building at 10 a.m. for the purchase of season and individual game tickets. The Bryan Building ticket office will close at 4 p.m. State students are reminded that they may still pick up or purchase their season tickets through that time. The ticket office at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field will open at 5 p.m.

The university is hosting Educational Appreciation Day at the Amphitheater, immediately adjacent to the southwest corner of the stadium, beginning at 5 p.m. More than 7,000 invited students will retrieve their game tickets from the Division of Student Affairs at the Amphitheater, so that area will be congested. Music and refreshments will be available to the prospective students.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early due to major highway construction around Starkville. Highways 12 and 82 are both being four-laned, and a major construction project is underway at the corner of Highway 12 and Spring Street. Mississippi Highway Patrol officers and the Starkville Police and Oktibbeha County Sheriff Departments will assist with traffic flow.

Post-Sept. 11 game security measures will continue at all stadiums throughout the country. All large bags and back-packs will be searched by enforcement officers.

Pursuant to Southeastern Conference regulations issued prior to last football season, an on-field penalty could be administered to the home team by SEC game officials for the excessive use of artificial noisemakers. The decision regarding the application of the penalty rests solely in the hands of the game officials.

The first offense issued by game officials would be a warning to the home team bench. A 5-yard penalty would be assessed on the second infraction, a 15-yard penalty on the third, and every one thereafter.

A conference regulation issued this summer gives game officials the authority to call conference and non-conference games in the same manner. The Mississippi State-Oregon football game will be called by SEC officials.

Fans are reminded of the hot-weather conditions. Please dress appropriately. There will be medical personnel on duty throughout the stadium. Davis Wade Stadium has four first-aid rooms, two on each side of the stadium.


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