Mississippi State

New tailgating policies instituted for Bulldog football fans

Credit: Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is instituting several new rules and policies to make tailgating in the Junction safer and more enjoyable for fans and to provide the family-friendly environment that Bulldog fans expect and deserve.

During and after the MSU-Kentucky game on Nov. 4, an altercation occurred in the Junction that resulted in seven arrests by the MSU Police Department. 

“Conduct of this nature is not in keeping with Mississippi State University’s core values of integrity, kindness and respect for others,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “I have instructed our leadership team to take immediate necessary steps to make clear that this behavior will not be tolerated on our campus.”

Keenum said that for the final games of the 2023 season, the following new rules and procedures will be implemented:

  • No non-MSU-provided amplified music will be allowed in the Junction. TVs and radios will be allowed, but large speakers or elevated speakers will NOT be allowed.
  • The university’s traffic and pedestrian life safety video surveillance system will be used to monitor activities in the Junction. 
  • The Junction tent spaces will be reconfigured to provide additional clearance for the sidewalks, and fans will not be allowed to block or impede pedestrians.
  • MSU will supplement its existing MSU Police Department officers with additional sworn officers from state and local agencies to ensure safety.
  • MSU is a smoke-free campus for tobacco, and controlled and illegal substances use violates state law and campus regulations. 
  • Violators who refuse to comply with these and other Gameday rules are subject to removal without ticket refund and prosecution.
  • MSU will review all Gameday regulations before the start of the 2024 football season.

Fans or guests who wish to report an issue or request law enforcement assistance while on campus can call or text 662-325-2121. To learn more about MSU Gameday services, visit Gameday in StarkVegas – Mississippi State (hailstate.com).

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