Starkville police will begin closing streets for Friday night’s Bulldog Bash early Friday morning.
Activities for the 11th annual event kick off at 5 p.m. in the Cotton District, weather permitting.
Since Bulldog Bash attracts thousands to the Cotton District, streets in the area will be closed to traffic at varying times during the day Friday to allow organizers to set up for the event.
Residents living in the Cotton District — particularly along Maxwell Street, University Drive and Page Avenue where the bulk of the activity is taking place — are encouraged to move their cars and SUVs Thursday night if they need them on Friday, said Starkville Police Department Chris Thomas, who is coordinating the street closures for the Bash setup.
Beginning at 2 a.m. Friday, University Drive between just east of Maxwell Street to Page AVenue will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the day and during the Bash itself to allow safe operation of the main stage, Thomas said.
“No pedestrian traffic will be allowed on University Drive in the area behind the main stage because of space limitations,” Thomas said. “During the Bash, no one will be allowed in the areas beside and behind the stage.”
All pedestrian traffic coming from the downtown area to the west will be detoured onto South Nash and Hogan streets to gain access to the Bulldog Bash site, Thomas said.
Beginning at 1 p.m., access to Page Avenue and Maxwell Streets will be shut down to allow for setup there, Thomas said.
The closure of University Drive will extend to South Nash and Colonel Muldrow streets, though both those streets will remain open until 5 p.m. By 5 p.m., vehicular traffic will be shut down on these streets.
• University Drive from North Nash to the Hunter Henry Center on the Mississippi State campus.
• South Nash Street from Lummus Street to University Drive.
• Maxwell Street from Lummus Street to University Drive.
• Holtsinger Street from Lummus Street to Hogan Street.
• Hogan Street from South Nash Street to Maxwell Street.
• Colonel Muldrow Street from Lummus Street to University Drive.
“We really want to encourage people coming to Bulldog Bash to wither park on campus and walk across the pedestrian bridge on University Drive or to park at the Cooley Building on Russell Street and walk over,” Thomas said. “This will help us in keeping pedestrian traffic away from the main stage area.”
The biggest Bash ever
Student Association leaders say the 10th annual Bulldog Bash on Friday could be the biggest one in the history of the event. More than 30,000 people have attended the event in recent years.
This year’s headlining act is two-time Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz, whose recent studio album, “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things,” has proven to be worldwide smash, receiving multiple platinum sales certifications around the world.
In 2010, Mraz took home two major Grammy Awards for songs “Make It Mine” and “Lucky” and the album had three additional Grammy nomination nods in 2009. The Jason Mraz penned song, “I’m Yours,” on this album holds the record as the longest-running song in the history of the Billboard “Hot 100,” is the first song ever to top the charts at four different pop radio formats, and was the 2010 ASCAP “Song Of The Year.”
Activities at Bulldog Bash kick off at 3 p.m. with an MSU Fan Fair and games for children, and a pep rally is scheduled from 6:20 to 6:50 p.m. Vendor booths will be set up prior to the FanFair and will remain up throughout the Bulldog Bash.
Live music performances are featured on the AT&T Main Stage on University Drive and on the Rick’s Cafe Americain Stage on Page Avenue.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Rick’s Cafe Stage
• 6:50 to 7:50 p.m. — SMAASH.
• 8:10 to 8:45 p.m. — B.O.M.B. Squad.
• 8:55 to 9:35 p.m. — Space Capone
AT&T Main Stage
• 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. — George McConnell and the Nonchalants.
• 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. — Luc and the Lovingtons
• 10 p.m. to midnight — Jason Mraz.
For more information about Bulldog Bash, visit the Web site at http://www.msubulldogbash.org .