Traditions

The District

The historical district of campus, known simply as The District, has acted as a gathering place for Southern Miss students and alumni since the early days of the university. During football season, The District serves as the starting point for the Eagle Walk and the heart of tailgating activities where students, alumni and friends gather.

Eagle Walk

The historic game day parade begins two-and-a-half hours before every kickoff as thousands of fans line Eagle Walk Drive. A cannon is fired, and The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band strikes up “Southern Miss to the Top!” as the Golden Eagles march into M. M. Roberts Stadium.

Fifth Quarter Concert

Following each football game, The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band performs a short concert on the field for fans who have congregated to visit with players and each other.

Friday Night at the Fountain

The Southern Miss pep rally takes place the night before home football games on Centennial Green near the fountain at Shoemaker Square. Friday Night at the Fountain festivities typically include The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, the Dixie Darlings, the Southern Miss cheerleaders, Seymour, the Southern Misses, coaches and players.

Junior Eagle Spirit Line

At each home football contest, children form a human tunnel to welcome the Golden Eagles back to the field at the beginning of the second half.

Little Rock

Before each home game, the Little Rock next to the District is given a fresh coat of gold paint with a spirited message directed toward that week’s opponent.

Painting the Eagle Walk

Every fall before the first home football game, freshmen gather to give the Eagle Walk a fresh coat of gold paint, transforming Eagle Walk Drive into a street of gold beneath the east side of M. M. Roberts Stadium.