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By CARL SMITH
After selling a school-record 44,212 season tickets, Mississippi State University officials have a measurable indicator of interest in the schoolâ€™s football program. Now, thousands of football fans have a one-stop source for any and all information associated with MSUâ€™s seven home games.
The university recently launched an online fan guide â€” located at http://www.fanguide.msstate.edu â€” providing fans and visitors access to up-to-date information from campus transportation matters â€” parking maps, traffic flow information and live shuttle maps â€” to tailgating rules and campus safety contacts.
MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin says the site strives to promote the best game-day experience possible for all fans.
â€śTechnology is pretty neat, and itâ€™s exciting to be able to offer something new to our fans. Weâ€™ll always want to look at the ways we can expand by technology, and Iâ€™m sure there will always be ways to do that in the future,â€ť Stricklin said. â€śWe certainly want to make the game day experience as good as possible for our fans and our visitors.â€ť
With increased access to information, Amy Tuck, chairperson of MSUâ€™s game day committee, says she hopes fans can familiarize themselves with the school, its policies and access points. Tuck also said the university is developing a mobile app with the guideâ€™s information, which should be completed before the end of this football season.
â€śWeâ€™re committed to providing the safest and most encompassing game-day experience we possibly can, and weâ€™re working diligently on the new app,â€ť she said.
Besides the online guide, football fans can browse the athletic departmentâ€™s own game-day site â€” accessible through http://www.hailstate.com/gameday â€” game-specific information, including rosters, statistics and a complete listing of campus events. MSU will also publish information through Twitter, using its @Mstategameday and @Hailstate accounts.