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Win or lose, the atmosphere brought to the stadium by Mississippi State fans is contagious. In fact, the late 1990s saw the bulldogs be recognized year after year as being one of the toughest road games in the SEC, and indeed the entire nation. Admittedly, that did change somewhat after more than a decade of losing seasons, but the recently completed stadium and the rise of the football team once again, rising to number one at one recent junction, has returned that same energy and passion to Davis Wade Stadium once again. If you were to attend a game there, you will likely notice straight away that the fans are heavily involved in the game from opening kickoff, and they stay that way throughout. Much of this credit can be given to changes that the athletic department made to the in-game music, videos, and promotional advertising that began with the 2013 season. This has reenergized the fan base and has brought much more enthusiasm to the games than one present before.
Fans at Mississippi State are known to be loud. They even ring cowbells throughout the game, but have gotten a bit carried with that tradition to the point that the SEC has moved to ban their use at much as they could. Access to the stadium is a bit tricky, but this is largely because the venue itself has been at the same location for an entire century. Up until about ten years ago, the only way to get to the stadium was via a two lane highway, but the government has since altered traffic flow around the city via Highway 82 to make it easer to get to the University. Once arriving, one might be struck by the seemingly high cost of parking at $20 per vehicle – that is if you can find a spot. Now that fans can get to the stadium with relative ease, there seems to be an issue with actually leaving. There is a huge bottleneck at the end of every game, which might be understandable given that the entire population of the surrounding city can fit in the stadium on game day three times over and still have 10,000 empty seats. All of that being said, this is a great venue to visit and watch a collegiate football game, and it should be on every fans bucket list.
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