Mississippi State Football Stadium Renovations Have Dudy Noble Feel

STARKVILLE – Davis Wade Stadium will get a new look come football season.

Updated scoreboards and new tape panels were already in the works, but a new $2.5 million project could change the way sports services approach ticket sales.

Mississippi State is eliminating approximately 1,900 seats from the upper bowl corners on the west side and replacing them with “The Balconies of Davis Wade Stadium.”

The project takes up the concept of Dudy Noble Field’s outdoor lounges and brings them to the top of the Mississippi State Football Stadium.

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Eleven pods will be placed at each end. These shaded areas will be chargeable and will be standing room only, but fans may bring approved chairs and tables. Refrigerators, personal coolers and fans will be allowed, and each capsule will receive a storage box. Fridays before games will be used as days for the introduction of items that are not generally approved by Game Day Security.

Renderings of the new upper level balconies at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.

The bleachers will remain between the modules and the views will not be obstructed. The balconies are built to allow more to be added if the State of Mississippi finds them effective and can be placed atop the remaining bleacher.

Balconies vary by size, with the smallest accommodating 10 people and the largest (located at the top) accommodating 25 occupants.

The balconies are available for purchase and will be ready for use when the football season kicks off against Memphis at 6:30 p.m. on September 3. To purchase a pod, fans must donate $2,700 to the Bulldog Club and purchase at least eight season passes at $225 each.

Research and planning for the project began last football season. Mississippi State found that fans often enjoyed socializing in current high-end seating areas and throughout the lobby in areas where fans could congregate and see the action.

Other schools have similar concepts, but these are often behind end zones, which Mississippi State has implemented above its student section.

MSU Chief Financial Officer Eric George and Bulldog Club Executive Director Mike Richey said they do not expect season ticket holders from other areas of the stadium to increase. If they do, senior associate sporting director Rhett Hobart says the lower bowl seats left behind will be an easier sell than the upper tier ones that will be removed.

Stefan Krajisnik is the Mississippi State drummer for the Clarion Ledger. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @skrajisnik3.

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