More Public Single Game Ducats On Sale Monday

There might be some changes in the lyrics to suit the weekend situation. Still more than a few Mississippi State fans are likely to be humming their own renditions of ‘Come Monday' in anticipation of purchasing more single-game tickets for the upcoming Bulldog season.

Mississippi State's Ticket Office will begin taking orders from the general public for six home games starting August 3. Such single-date ducats for the September 5 season-opener with Jackson State have been on sale for over a week already, and as of Wednesday morning associate athletic director Mike Nemeth said that "around 1,200" of these had been purchased. Besides the single tickets, discounted packages for groups of 20 or more are offered with seating in the upper West side of Davis Wade Stadium.

Now, Nemeth said, "Beginning Monday we will start taking individual game ticket orders from the general public. Fans can go to our web site ( or call the Ticket Office (1-888-463-2947) to place their orders." Price information can be found there as well.

The number of tickets to those six home games varies. Nemeth said that, for examples, there will obviously be a limited number available for prime SEC games such as LSU, Alabama, and the Egg Bowl. "For Houston and Georgia Tech the number is fairly substantial," he said, since those schools did not request the same sort of allocations as did State's traditional and nearer rivals.

The ducats going on sale Monday are, again, open to general public purchase. Bulldog Club members already can order such tickets in addition to remaining season tickets. And a limited number of donor season tickets are also still available on both the east and west sides of DWS, with Bulldog Club membership necessary for priority level purchases.

As of this morning Nemeth expected to report the updated total of 2009 season ticket sales on Thursday. While he did not have an exact figure today, he did confirm that sales have topped the 37,000 mark and is closing in on the all-time State standard of 38,440 set in 2001. In fact, "The total right now is going to surpass the sales last year at the end of the year. We are already at this point ahead of where we were last July." While Mississippi State keeps selling tickets, the object of fan attentions gets their pre-season work started Sunday when the Bulldogs report for their first August team meeting. Coach Dan Mullen will assemble his first State squad at 2:00 Sunday, then hold the initial fall camp practice Monday afternoon. There will also be evening workouts Tuesday and Wednesday, then Thursday and Friday mornings. All practices next week, which serves as the NCAA-mandated ‘acclimation' period, will be open to the public. Though, practically the entire Bulldog roster is already well-acclimated after their rigorous summer strength and conditioning program.

Regarding that roster, as of Wednesday morning Mississippi Sate still had not received official clearance on wide receiver Ricco Sanders, the lone 2009 signee of unsettled fall status. Based on other, unofficial reports Sanders should have met qualifying standards and only awaits formal certification by the NCAA's clearinghouse. Two of Mullen's first rookie signing class, back Darius Slay and receiver Madrecas Hood, are already enrolled in junior college as planned while athlete Billy Hamilton signed a professional baseball contract.

Defensive back Maurice Langston was still awaiting official decision regarding his fall practice participation as of this morning. The junior college transfer has been on campus this summer working out privately, and State staff believe that he will ultimately be allowed to join the squad for camp. The other 23 transfers and freshmen are already on campus and waiting for Sunday to come so they can assemble as a full team at last.

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