STARKVILLE, Miss. – Celebrating its 40th anniversary in support of Mississippi State athletics, the MSU Bulldog Club has hit a significant milestone in reaching 10,000 members for the first time.
In recent years, Bulldog Club membership has grown substantially. In September 2007, there were only 5,828 members, giving the Bulldog Club a 72 percent increase in the last seven years.
“Every single Bulldog Club member is incredibly important to the success of Mississippi State athletics regardless of giving level,” said Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin. “We are so grateful for those who love and support Bulldog athletics.”
The primary function of the Bulldog Club is to provide scholarships to student-athletes, enhance MSU facilities and supplement coach’s salaries. Over the past four years, the Bulldog Club has generated over $55 million in private support for facilities alone on the MSU campus.
“Reaching this milestone is a credit to our members who have shown they believe in the mission of Mississippi State athletics,” said Mike Richey, Senior Associate Athletic for the Bulldog Club. “Every one of those 10,000 members should feel a great sense of pride in the role they play in providing scholarships for student-athletes and facilities that give our coaches an opportunity to recruit the best and brightest.”
What began in 1974 as a small, non-profit group of supporters has seen unprecedented growth as the excitement of Bulldog athletics continues to reach new levels. In the past 40 years alone, Bulldog Club members have provided over $200 million in scholarships for MSU student-athletes, helping ensure their academic and athletic success.
Bulldog Club members have made possible several facility initiatives over the years, including the opening of the 88,000-square foot Leo W. Seal Jr. Football Complex in January 2013, the Mize Pavilion at Humphrey Coliseum, the Palmeiro Center and the renovation and expansion of Davis Wade Stadium.
The north end zone expansion, which will increase stadium capacity from 55,082 to 61,337, is aimed at offering more Bulldog fans the opportunity to experience game day in Starkville, in addition to adding new premium seating options. The expansion is expected to make Davis Wade Stadium the largest on campus football stadium in the state of Mississippi when it opens in August 2014.
Any fan interested in becoming a Bulldog Club member can for as little as $100 a year. For details, visit www.MSUBulldogClub.com or by calling (662) 325-3074.