Game-Day Policies and Procedures Announced

STARKVILLE, Miss. - With less than 48 hours remaining until Mississippi State opens the 2006 football season against South Carolina Thursday night, the university and athletic department are reminding fans of various policies and procedures for the upcoming season.

For Thursday night's game, parking is available to fans beginning at 2 p.m. on game day, and is available only in designated areas. There is no parking permitted on grass areas, unless that area is a reserved lot. There is also no parking on islands, medians and berms. Parked vehicles must not obstruct the flow of traffic in either direction or impede access to sidewalks. Reserved lot passes must be displayed at all times.

Non-reserved, open parking is available north and southeast of the campus. A shuttle service is available from Mississippi Research Park, north of the university.

Recreational vehicles must park in designated areas only. For Thursday's game, RVs may not enter their reserved lot prior to 2 p.m. Open RV parking is also available at that time, with $40 passes available at the lot entrance near the recreational fields at the Vet School. All RV lots must be vacated by 7 a.m. Friday.

Tailgating is permitted only in areas where the flow of traffic is not obstructed. No tents, tables or chairs are permitted in parking spaces or on sidewalks. Tailgating that uses or infringes upon an additional adjacent parking space is not permitted. Picnic zones are available beginning at 2 p.m., as well, and must be cleared within five hours after the conclusion of the game.

Grand opening of the Cullis Wade Depot will occur at the new facility immediately west of the stadium at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the day before the game. The grand opening of the Junction, immediately south of the stadium, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Davis Wade Stadium ticket office will open at 4 p.m. on game day, and gates will open to the stadium seating area at 5 p.m. MSU students are asked to enter the stadium through Gates 11 or 12 on the north end of the east side. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will handle traffic flow following the game, directing all visitors toward the Highway 25, 12 and 82 bypasses.

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