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Before we get into all the things going on this week and beyond, I want to start this week’s Update by saying how proud I am of the Mississippi State family for making last weekend at The Hump such a special one. Over 20,000 of you showed up on Saturday (9,932) and Sunday (10,626) combined to watch our Bulldogs and each of you made your presence felt. Coaches and players of both home teams AND both away teams commented on the great atmospheres and how the crowd affected the game in a positive way for our Bulldogs.
It truly does make a difference and you showed this weekend that The Hump is one of the toughest places to play in the country. The dedication to Coach Schaefer and the ladies of his team is evident by the constantly growing attendance numbers, with Sunday being the largest crowd ever to watch a women’s game at The Hump and the largest ever in the state of Mississippi, as well, the first to surpass 10,000.
I also want to say a special thank you to all of the people behind the scenes who helped us make history this weekend. Our entire game operations staff, media relations, video and marketing crews, the staffs of the teams and the athletic department, those working the concession stands, those taking up tickets and everyone involved – we couldn’t have had such a successful weekend without your service and all of us are grateful for the time and energy you put in.
I look forward to doing it again for every home game, starting tomorrow when our 13th-ranked women host No. 19 Tennessee at 8 p.m. Let’s pack The Hump again!
“NUSZ PARK” OPENING FEB 11
We officially announced last week that the new $6.4 million softball facility will be called Nusz Park, named after alumni Tommy and Terri Nusz of Houston, Texas. We are incredibly grateful to the Nusz family for their generosity to Bulldog athletics over the years and I’m excited that the new park will bear their name.
The season opens February 11, which will be the first opportunity for Bulldog fans to see the new park complete with chairback seats throughout, field level seating, comfortable overflow areas and a nice new press box.
The project also involved several updates and added amenities to our tennis facility, including chairback seats, additional seating areas at court level, and a top-level walkway connecting the two facilities, which will be quite convenient on days when softball and tennis are both being played at home.
BASEBALL SEASON TIX AVAILABLE
As we close in softball season, so too is baseball season approaching. The deadline for season ticket renewal passed last week, so remaining season tickets for the Diamond Dogs are on sale to the public now. Visit www.hailstate.com/tickets to reserve yours.
Anticipation for the 2016 Bulldog baseball season continues to build, as with each week it seems another publication has Coach Cohen’s club highly ranked or has given some of our young men preseason honors. The success of our guys in the summer leagues, the influx of talent and the veteran leadership on this team have led to several Top 20 preseason rankings for Bulldogs, while many of our older players have been named among the best pro prospects in college baseball.
WRAPPING UP THIS WEEK’S EMAIL IN MAROON AND WHITE
For several of our current and future NFL Bulldogs, notices are in order. It was fantastic to see former Bulldog great and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Johnthan Banks at the women’s basketball game on Sunday, and congratulations go out to former Bulldogs Kyle Love (Panthers) and Dillon Day (Broncos) for making the Super Bowl with their teams. Finally, good luck to Dak Prescott, who is in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl this week.
Good luck here at home, as well, to our men’s tennis team as they host three matches this weekend, playing UNC Wilmington at 1 on Saturday, then George Washington and Alcorn State on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
We also wish good luck to our track teams this weekend in Nashville for the Commodore Invitational.
I also want to invite all of you to join us either online or in person for events surrounding National Signing Day next Wednesday. You can read our full announcement here but activities will include a live show broadcast on SEC Network+ from the Seal Family Football Complex that morning and a Signing Day party at DawgHouse Sports Grill in Starkville that evening. Keep your eyes peeled for the details.
We appreciate what you do for Mississippi State Athletics and want to encourage you to get others involved. There are three things you can do to help the athletic department at Mississippi State reach its desired goals –
1. Buy Season Tickets
2. Financially Support the Bulldog Club
3. Get Others To Do The Same
Thanks for taking the time to read this Update.