December 21, 2013 9:03:47 PM
The Mississippi State University Alumni Association encourages fans to wrap Memphis, Tenn., in maroon and white Dec. 30 and 31, when the Bulldog faithful converge on the city for the team's New Year's Eve match-up against Rice University in the 55th annual Liberty Bowl.
There are several Liberty Bowl extras to enjoy and Bulldog activities planned.
A Beale Street Parade Monday, Dec. 30 at 3 p.m precedes The Bash on Beale at 5 p.m. at Handy Park on Beale Street. Both events are free.
Dec. 30: Bulldog Gathering
After the Beale Street Parade and Bash on Beale, join other MSU supporters at Alfred's at 197 Beale St. for an evening full of maroon and white from 5-10 p.m. As the Alumni Association headquarters, this "come and go" event is free and open to all Mississippi State fans. Light appetizers will be provided while supplies last. Orders for food and beverages are Dutch treat.
In addition, the Liberty Bowl Preview show, sponsored by Regions Bank and Mississippi Farm Bureau, will be broadcast live from Alfred's on Beale from 7-9 p.m. Bulldog fans are encouraged to stop by and hear Jim Ellis, Bart Gregory, Matt Wyatt and John Correro discuss Mississippi State football. For those not in Memphis, access the show via MSU radio affiliates.
Dec. 31: Pre-game buffet and tailgate party
This Memphis barbecue buffet from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring all-you-can-eat food and drinks, live music and a pep rally with MSU cheerleaders, will be located at the Pipkin Building, adjacent to the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on the west side of the stadium grounds. Tickets are $35 per person. Fans are encouraged to purchase these in advance. Event tickets may be purchased from the MSU Athletic Ticket Office or 888-GO-DAWGS.
Please note, attendees may leave the pre-game buffet and party and return to the event following The Dawg Walk.
Dec. 31: Dawg Walk
Bring the cowbells to Tiger Lane, between the Pipkin Building and Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, and welcome the Mississippi State football team to the stadium on game day at 12:45 p.m. Fans will line Tiger Lane to greet the buses as they arrive. Gates will open two hours prior to the game; fans can enter the stadium after The Dawg Walk. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Liberty Bowl tickets may be purchased from the MSU Athletic Ticket Office or 888-GO-DAWGS.
The Alumni Association urges fans to bring cowbells and "ring responsibly."
Can't make it to Memphis? Look for game-watch gatherings in your area. Information will be at alumni.msstate.edu/tv and hailstate.com/gameday.
LIBERTY BOWL BROADCAST INFO:
Radio: Mississippi State Bulldog Network
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 84
Live Video Streaming: TBA
Live Audio Streaming: TBA
Live Stats: espn.com
Live Blog: hailstate.com