READ/ICYMI: Statement from MSU Athletics On Governor’s Announcement

Statement from MSU Athletics On Governor’s Announcement

STARKVILLE – Based on updates in Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’ latest Executive Order, Mississippi State Athletics will optimize capacity at events in the near future while maintaining appropriate health and safety standards.

The health and safety of student-athletes, staff and the Mississippi State community remain of the utmost importance. MSU intends to strike a necessary balance between protecting our student-athletes, staff, and fans and expanded capacity and fewer restrictions.

MSU is in constant communication with state and local government officials, as well as other state institutions, to determine what modifications will be made to existing game-day operations plans.

MSU will assess the situation during the coming weeks prior to Southeastern Conference competition. Once details are finalized, the MSU Athletics Ticket Office will contact ticket holders and students via email.

MSU appreciates everyone’s continued patience and flexibility during this process.

In consultation with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and the SEC, MSU will continue existing game-day health and safety guidelines including:

  • All guests, employees and stadium workers will conduct self-screening prior to leaving home. Per MSU guidelines, this should include an “at-home” temperature check, and review of potential COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pains, sore throat, and a new loss of taste or smell. If anyone has any of these symptoms or a fever of greater than 100.4 degrees, the person should stay home.
  • Anyone with these symptoms after entering the stadium shall report to stadium First Aid Stations for screening and triage by Emergency Service response staff.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures throughout the stadium prior to and during all games.
  • All stadium workers and athletic department staff will wear face coverings over the nose and mouth at all times.
  • Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) shall be required as a condition of admittance for all guest during ingress, egress, and movement throughout the stadium, as well as any time guests are unable to maintain the recommended physical distance from others who are not in their same household or when actively eating or drinking.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout the stadium, along with increased directional signage.
  • Signage will be placed along pedestrian paths to the stadium, at gates and/or other ingress/entry points that outline mandates for all guests to wear face coverings and mandates guests not to enter the stadium if they display any COVID-19 symptoms as outlined by the CDC.
  • To the extent possible, all transactions will be contactless or touchless such as mobile ticketing, contactless ticket scanning, touchless restroom fixtures, cashless and touchless concessions and if available, fan apparel sales. For more information on mobile ticketing and frequently asked questions visit