As stadium week continues, I caught up Assistant A.D. Mike Richey and Coordinator of Game Management Bradley Douglas to talk some more about changes to gameday at Mississippi State with the renovation and expansion of Davis Wade Stadium.
Some things will have a greater affect on gameday than others, but the message stressed by both Richey and Douglas is patience and timeliness. Arriving early is important.
As you likely know by now if you are a season ticket holder, sections and seats have been re-lettered and re-numbered. The physical seat you sit in is no different, but adding endzone seats in between the east and west sides necessitated the change for the sake of consistency and uniformity in Davis Wade, including new signage going up this season. Seating charts have been sent out to season ticket holders, of course, so you ought to have access to the new labels
The biggest change for games this year is parking. MSU didn’t lose as many spots as expected, Douglas said, but several lots are being used for construction crews, including the public grass lot across from sorority row and lot 18 by Barnes and Noble, previously home to about 100 paid spots.
The parking changes will have a trickle down effect, moving those in 18 to the next closest spot, some spots in that lot to the next closest, and so on. Most will be unaffected, but some changes are coming for this season with so many lots fully or partially closed.
Barr Avenue, behind the north endzone, is temporarily closed, as well, so those in lot 2 will enter through Coliseum Blvd. Lots 12 and 14, Douglas said, will need to enter and exit through George Perry Rd.
In an effort to accommodate the changes, additional parking has been added in the Wise Center/vet school area and the research park, with shuttles from both beginning three hours before the game and continuing for two hours after.
A note from Douglas: 45 percent of the on-campus parking is grass lots, so weather may force changes. That, naturally, is nothing different from the past, but the repercussions of heavy rain would be more significantly felt given current affairs.
To help everyone keep up with it all, a FanGuide app has been created for smart phones, available for download by the week of the first game, if not sooner, Douglas said. The app will feature parking info, stadium info, weather updates and GPS-centered features directing you to the nearest restroom or getting you to your parking lot.
Again, as both Richey and Douglas stressed, patience and understanding the temporary inconveniences are for a long-term gain is the key.