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All across the Magnolia State, students, alumni, and visiting college sports fans are in for a treat when it comes to NCAA sports. Whether you’ve got hoops fever, football on the mind, or if nothing sounds better than baseball in the summer, Mississippi has renowned athletic programs throughout across the state.
Just a short drive from the birthplace of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley, Oxford is home of the University of Mississippi. Better known as the Ole Miss, the Rebels are the pride of northern Mississippi, and come fall, there’s no place like a home game Vaught Hemingway Stadium on Saturday in the south.
If you plan on attending an Ole Miss football game, there is an entire experience that goes along with it. You must first get there early to take a walk through The Grove. Considered "the Holy Grail of tailgating sites" by Sporting News, The Grove comes to life for home games with as many as 100,000 fans packing into the 10-acre space turning it into a sea of red, white, blue tents. This is a day to dress up in your Sunday best: Men are to wear slacks, button-down shirts, loafers, a sports jacket, and bow tie, while women wear vibrant sundresses or cocktail dresses and high heels. Most tents are set up with fine china, kitchenware, silver chandeliers, and provide professional catered Southern-style food and beverages, like fried chicken, deviled eggs, and mimosas.
If football isn’t your game, the Ole Miss Rebels have 18 other varsity teams to grab your attention, including softball, baseball, basketball, and more. All Ole Miss sports teams compete in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Another reputable college located in northern region of the state is Mississippi State University. When traveling through Starkville, you may want to keep an eye out for maroon and white, because you'll surely see quite a bit. The Bulldogs compete in most major sports and boast 16 varsity teams; however, they're primarily known across the nation for their outstanding football and lady’s basketball programs.
If you're visiting northern Mississippi during the fall, do yourself a favor and take in a Bulldogs football game. They play home games every Saturday from August to December at Davis Wade Stadium. Join 61,337 other fans, as the Bulldogs compete against fierce in-state rivals, the Ole Miss Rebels in the Egg Bowl.
During the winter months, leading up to March Madness, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs basketball teams play to sell-out crowds in Humphrey Coliseum. Both teams have earned multiple appearances in the NCAA, with the 2017-2018 Lady Bulldogs capturing a 30-0 regular season record, becoming the second team in SEC history to enter the conference tournament undefeated.
Central Mississippi is home to the Jackson State University Tigers and the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. Both of these teams compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in most Division I college sports.
JSU has maintained an extraordinary football tradition since the inaugural season in 1956. The Tigers play home at games at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium – with a capacity of over 60,000. Head north of Jackson to the charming town of Itta Bena and you will find the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, the alma matter of pro football hall of famer, Jerry Rice. The Delta Devils also compete in the SWAC, playing home games at Rice-Totten Field.
If you're visiting southern Mississippi, you'll surely feel the need to "go gold!" The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, or simply Southern Miss, are one of the top contenders in Conference USA. With a seating capacity of 36,000, M.M. Roberts Stadium becomes a raucous home field advantage for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team every Saturday in the fall. The Golden Eagles are winners of multiple conference titles, national championships, and have produced NFL Hall of Fame players like Brett Favre and Ray Guy.