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Fans Will See First-Hand Enhancements To Davis Wade Stadium

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Many changes are in place at Davis Wade Stadium for the 2013 home season, which kicks off Saturday.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Fans entering the gates Saturday for Mississippi State’s home opener against Alcorn State will immediately notice several changes and enhancements to Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.

In addition to the new look with all the exciting construction taking place in the north end zone, fans will see gates are now lettered A-L, starting with A on the southwest corner of the stadium.

Sections have also changed, as they are now numbered 1-25 in the lower level. Club seating on the east side is now 117-125, while the upper decks on both the east and west side of the stadium are 300 level.

While all gates on the north end of the stadium are closed due to construction, all other gates will now open three hours prior to kick off to help alleviate the congestion.

Also new are the elevators on the southwest corner of the stadium that can be accessed through Gate B. The new, high-capacity elevators are exclusively for fans, while the old elevator in the middle of the concourse is now reserved for coaches, media and credentialed workers only.

MSU students may experience the biggest changes, as the previous student entrance behind the north end zone is closed. Saturday, all students will enter through the southeast corner of the stadium. Those wanting to sit in the new end zone seats will be directed to the front of the east grandstand to gain entrance to the new lower bowl. As always, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

If there are any questions concerning stadium issues, the MSU Alumni Delegates wearing maroon jackets will be stationed inside the gates to offer any assistance.

Also affected by the construction is parking.

A portion of Barr Avenue, which runs behind the north end zone, is temporarily closed. Fans with a Lot 2 parking pass must now enter through motor home Lot 34 Coliseum Boulevard, while those with passes for Lots 12 and 14 will need to enter and exit through George Perry Road.

Additional parking has been added at the Wise Center and Research Park, complete with a shuttle service running three hours before, and two hours after, the game.

For more information and a layout of the stadium, fans are encouraged to visit the Game Day Fan Guide at www.fanguide.msstate.edu.

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MSU officials caution fans about heat, provide bottled water

Due to the predicted high temperatures on Saturday when the Mississippi State Bulldogs welcome the Alcorn University Braves in MSU's home opener at Davis Wade Stadium, MSU President Mark E. Keenum and Athletics Director Scott Stricklin urge caution to our fans and guests.

"In partnership with Clark Beverage Group and Learfield Sports, we will be offering free bottled water to our fans outside gates A, D and L while supplies last." said Keenum. "We appreciate the generosity of our friends at Clark Beverages and Learfield Sports making this possible, along with Aramark and the MSU Athletics Department."

Keenum urged fans to take reasonable precautions against the heat. "We all need to stay hydrated, utilize sunscreen, and dress comfortably and appropriately for the high temperatures," he said.

MSU will, as always, maintain emergency services and first responders in the stadium and fans are urged to follow the signs in Davis Wade Stadium to access medical attention via text or other means and to contact ushers or security if assistance is needed.


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