MSU-Tulane Football Game Set For Shreveport

STARKVILLE, Miss. -­ The Mississippi State-Tulane football game will be played Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Independence Bowl Stadium in Shreveport, La., officials from Conference USA and both universities announced Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally by College Sports Television (CSTV).

The game was originally scheduled for the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, a facility made unplayable by the tragic events surrounding Hurricane Katrina last week.

Mississippi State fans holding single-game tickets to the Tulane game have three options in this relocation of the game site.

1. Independence Bowl officials will accept Tulane-Mississippi State Superdome tickets for admittance to Independence Bowl Stadium on game day. All tickets will be general admission seating in the Shreveport facility.

2. MSU fans may choose to return their already-purchased ticket for the game at the New Orleans facility for a full refund by returning their unused ticket to the MSU Athletic Ticket Office by Monday, Oct. 17.

3. Bulldog fans may forego a refund and have the cost of their ticket donated to the Tulane athletic program. The Mississippi State Athletic Department intends to waive the $200,000 game guarantee to assist the Tulane athletic program in its efforts to overcome the budget shortfall resulting from its relocation.

"We fully understand the terrific strain Tulane University has been under in coping with this tragedy," MSU Director of Athletics Larry Templeton said. "We are doing everything we can to assist Tulane in its hurricane recovery efforts."

Fans interested in purchasing general admission tickets to the game in Shreveport who do not hold Superdome tickets, should contact Ticket Master, 1-800-488-5252, beginning Friday, Sept. 9 at 12 noon. Tickets may also be purchased at the Independence Bowl Stadium box office. Sideline seats are $35 apiece, while end zone tickets are $20 each.

The Bulldog team and travel party will depart from Golden Triangle Regional Airport on game day and return immediately following the game. These travel plans will insure that no one evacuated from the Gulf Coast region to the Shreveport area will be displaced from their hotel rooms.

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