Designated Southern Miss Game Day Parking Areas Set for 2009 Football Season
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499
Parking for The University of Southern Mississippi football games will include some changes from last year, but university officials expect Golden Eagles fans to have the same great game day experience they’ve come to expect.
This year, designated parking for Eagle Club members who have recreational vehicles (RVs) will be at the Payne Center parking lot next to Pride Field and across the street from the Joe P. Park football practice field, next to University Receiving. Loyalty Field will also be designated parking for Eagle Club, but for regular vehicles only. Tailgating will be allowed on the perimeter of Loyalty Field.
Southern Miss kicks off the 2009-10 season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 at home against Alcorn State University.
The new RV parking at the Payne Center will allow those fans easy access to Junior Eagle Fun Land and to the wide variety of corporate tents and their activities, said Kirstin Rayborn, assistant athletic director for marketing at Southern Miss.
“I believe we all know and understand that some of the parking changes have come as a result of the growth of the university, and of course we want to see Southern Miss advance,” Rayborn said. “But the new parking at the Payne Center right next to Pride Field is going to provide an outstanding atmosphere for the many families traveling to campus in motor homes, and for the tailgating groups gathered there.
“And our fans know how to tailgate.”
This fall, the city of Hattiesburg will provide trolley service for fans to games from designated areas of campus. The trolleys will run two and one-half hours prior to kickoff and continue service through the start of the game. They will operate mainly on the west side of campus in the outer lying parking lots.
Parking designations for Eagle Club members on Southern Miss game day include:
Black and Gold Boulevard
McCarty Residence Hall lot
East Memorial Drive
West Memorial Drive
Kennard Washington lot
Bolton Residence Hall lot
Trent Lott Center
Thad Cochran Center visitor lot
Golden Eagle Avenue
Joseph Greene parking lot
Polymer Science reserved lot
Lucas Administration Building reserved lot
Water Tower lot
M. K. Turk Circle
Pete Taylor Park parking lot
Kay James Drive
Hillcrest Residence Hall gravel lot
Elam Arms Residence Hall gravel lot (paved dormitory lot for general public)
All other parking lots are designated for general public and students. The District, located near the Southern Miss Alumni House, is designated for student tailgating. Escorts for fans with physical limitations and disabilities will be available at the stadium.
“We’re expecting a great crowd for the first game against Alcorn State, and we’re ready to help any of our fans with questions about parking and tailgating areas to help them make the most of their game day experience,” said Lucy Bowens, interim director of Southern Miss Parking Management.
For more information about game day parking and tailgating areas at Southern Miss, as well as designated travel route and pick-up sites for the trolley service, contact the Department of Parking Management at 601.266.4944. For a map of game day parking areas at Southern Miss, online visit http://www.usm.edu/gameday/parking.php and double-click on map for larger view.
About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.