Gameday Guide: Oxford

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By Kristina Domitrovich
Photos by Lindsay Pace Daffron

Three Tips for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium:

1. Greet everyone with “Hotty Toddy!”
2. Dress your best in Red or Blue.
3. Check shuttle schedule to avoid a parking nightmare.

Non-Negotiables:

There are certain required elements when visiting Oxford for a gameday. Strolling through the Square, the hub of the town, should be on everyone’s to-do list. Whether browsing the boutiques, grabbing some grub or enjoying the city’s nightlife, the Square is always the place to be. While you’re there, be sure to hop on a Double-Decker Tour. Every Friday before a home game, visitors can enjoy a tour of Oxford via a British-style double-decker bus. Tickets are sold for $10 for an adult and $5 for a child. Ranked among the best tailgating experiences by ESPN and Sports Illustrated, visiting The Grove on a gameday is an extraordinary experience that can only be described as an indisputable must. Two hours before kickoff, line up in The Grove to cheer on the Rebels’ players during the Walk of Champions.

Where to Rest:

Conveniently located on the Square and just a mile from campus, The Graduate is the perfect place to kick up your feet at the end of the day. The Oxford experience won’t stop at this hotel’s threshold, however; complete with a breakfast joint and a roof-top bar, guests are sure to enjoy their stay. For a quite, more secluded stay, reserve one of seven rooms at Castle Hill’s Bed & Breakfast. There, guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in addition to their meticulously designed and southernly delicate room. Sink into the grandeur the South can offer at the Chancellor’s House located off the Square. In addition to exquisite dining and accommodations, this premier hotel allows guests to experience the finer things Oxford can offer.

Off the Beaten Path:

In William Faulkner’s hometown, it would be remiss of visitors not to enjoy Oxford’s literary glory. For a submersive experience, readers can visit Square Books’ combined 10,000 feet of book retail off of Oxford’s historic Square. To continue with the browsing merriment, make your way to End of All Music vinyl store. If three rooms loaded full of new and used records sounds like a dream, this music-lovers’ stop is located upstairs in the Duvall’s building. While on the Square, be sure to buy a bundle of seasonal flowers from the self-serve Oxford Honor Flower Stand. After experiencing the hustle and bustle of the Square, escape to Lamar Park for a walk in solitude.

Muffins and Mugs:

Everyone knows the importance of kicking the day off with a good breakfast. For a circus-inspired savory stop, head over to Cabin82 for traditional breakfasts. Fill-Up with Billups will give you the down-home hearty plates of your dreams. Need a sweet start to your day? Check out the pastry-filled counters at Bottletree Bakery. For all the coffee addicts, a trip to Uptown Coffee is a must.

Mid-day Meals:

With so many mouth-watering eateries in Oxford, choosing just one is next to impossible. Here are our suggestions. From filling salads and po boys to hearty lunch plates stacked with southern favorites, Ajax Diner is a must. Handy Andy Grocery is the place to beat for good BBQ or the perfect burger. On the lighter side, Oxford Canteen serves up modernly delicious takes on traditional staples.

Evening Provisions:

Bouré, is a drugstore-turned-restaurant that offers favorite Creole dishes and tangy signature cocktails. This restaurant, owned by award-winning chef John Currence, whips up amazing desserts “of the moment,” that change weekly based on available fruits. For those craving Italian, we suggest going over to the swanky Saint Leo to scratch the itch. With a condensed menu, the flavors are anything but limited. If you just can’t choose on what food experience you’re in search of, visit Julep Steakhouse & Flights to sample flights of drinks and twists on main dishes.

A Night on the Town:

Funky’s Pizza and Daiquiri Bar has great food, great daiquiris (which come in many flavors and colors) and a full bar to please everyone in your party. The Blind Pig has plenty of beers on tap and games to play. Between the pool tables, darts, trivia and weekly e-sport game nights, it’s clear to see why this bar is a student favorite. The Library is Oxford’s most well-known bar and has something for everyone. Made up of a music hall, a sports bar and an outdoor patio all in one, The Library is an Oxford staple to nightlife. Proud Larry’s is by far the place for music lovers, where they host a handful of bands every week.

 

Home Game Schedule:

Sept. 7 Arkansas

Sept. 14 Southeastern Louisiana

Sept. 21 California

Oct. 5 vs. Vanderbilt (Homecoming)

Oct. 19 vs. Texas A&M

Nov. 9 New Mexico State

Egg Bowl: Nov. 28 at MSU

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