Gameday Guide: Starkville

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By Kristina Domitrovich
Photos by Lindsay Pace Daffron and MSU Athletics Communications 

Three tips for Davis Wade Stadium:

1. Mantra of the day: “Hail State!”
2. You can never go wrong in Maroon and White.
3. Know when to ring your cowbell. Remember: put down your bell and just yell when the center touches the ball until after the snap.


Starkville’s weekend environment is in full swing when the Dawgs play at home. While in town for the game, there are a few things visitors should scratch off the list. MSU is practically known for their ice cream, so be sure to stop by the MAFES store on campus to get your fill. They also have cheeses and cured meats to check out, too. While in the shopping mood, go to The Lodge to buy a cowbell. It is total taboo for a student to buy his or her first cowbell, but this bad luck does not extend to visitors. The Cotton District is always rumbling on weekends, so be sure to join the party. Two hours before kickoff, gather in The Junction to ring your cowbell as the players enter the stadium during the Dawg Walk.

Where to Rest:

For those who bleed maroon, the on-campus Butler Guest House allows its guests to embrace State’s glory. Located right next to Davis Wade Stadium, this is by far the most convenient location for game-day weekends. For those hoping to stay closer to the flurry and scurry of nightlife in downtown Starkville, Hotel Chester has the perfect accommodations. Equipped with a gazebo, picnic tables, fine dining and strung lights, the historic Hotel Chester’s outdoor Beer Garden is the ideal setting for an evening on the town. Guests in search of an elevated Southern stay should look no further than The Montgomery Bed and Breakfast. With traditional antebellum furniture and decor, The Montgomery is the perfect match for those looking to indulge in Starkville’s offerings.

Off the Beaten Path:

Starkville is a quaint little college town with lots of fun nooks and crannies. Sage Books is located in the heart of the Cotton District, and is the perfect eclectic find. Browse the shelves and chat with the owner, with a made-to-order beverage in your hand. Across the way, Jamison Fry is a treasure trove of vintage dishware and good times. To keep the party rolling, be sure to hit up Scooter’s Records in the Cotton District. Inside the little yellow house, it’s easy to get lost in the stacks of vinyl. After the craze of the Cotton District, relax with a picnic or a drive in the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge just a few miles from campus.

Muffins and Mugs:

Kick your day off the right way, with a tasty breakfast and a cup of Joe. A hands-down tradition, for those willing to wake up early enough to beat the crowd, is The Biscuit Shop. For cold brew with a side of brick-and-wood aesthetic and maybe something sweet, Nine-Twentynine Coffee Bar is the place to be. Need a cup of coffee on the run? Stop by the People’s Cup MicroRoastery in the Cotton District. Don’t blink or you might miss it, as it camouflages so well in its habitat of downtown homes. For a downhome hearty meal, stop by the Starkville Cafe off of Main Street for all the fixin’s.

Mid-day Meals:

The best way to know Starkville is through its stomach. With loads of good food around, it can be hard to pick. Stromboli’s pizzas, salads and cookie dough bites are always a shoo-in. For a flavor-packed lunch, stop by Andaman Thai. The menu is expansive and loaded with savory curries, stir-fries and great appetizers. When all you want to do is wrap your hands around a burger and proceed to devour, Bulldog Burger is the best bet. Their modern twists on burgers are sure to please, plus they have boozy milkshakes.

Evening Provisions:

For an elegant Southern take on surf, turf and air, The Veranda serves up a warm, family-friendly setting for guests to enjoy. Two Brother’s Smoked Meats serves perfect, feel-good BBQ and smoked meals – the ideal savory start to your night in the Cotton District. Starkville’s favorite chef is sure to make a lasting impression at Restaurant Tyler, where they serve up elevated Creole and traditional Italian dishes.

A Night on the Town:

The dive bar above the rest, Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern, is the neighborhood bar welcoming all funky souls home. With pizza, darts, pool tables and drinks, it’s hard not to have a great time in this little darkened haven. Located in the heart of the Cotton District, The Klaasroom is most noted for its giant drinks and daiquiris, the perfect pairing to your weekend brunch. Go to The Klaasroom to learn how to have fun. Rick’s Cafe is known best as a music venue. With an indoor stage, a sand volleyball court outside and sustainable materials used for all its serveware, Rick’s is a staple in Starkville. Calling all sports fans and aficionados of crawfish and beer, Rosey Baby is the place to call home. This down-home sports bar is the best place to watch the game and throw a few back.


Home Game Schedule:

Sept. 7 vs. Southern Mississippi

Sept. 14 vs. Kansas State University

Sept. 21 vs. University of Kentucky

Oct. 19 vs. Louisiana State University

Nov. 16 vs. University of Alabama

Nov. 23 vs. Abilene Christian University (Homecoming)

Egg Bowl: Nov. 28 (@ MSU)

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