Jackson State Tigers Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: T. C. Taylor

Team Mascot: Wavee Dave

Year Opened: 1950

Capacity: 60000

City / State: Jackson / Mississippi

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

BoomBox Classic

Rival Team: Southern Jaguars

The BoomBox Classic is an annual rivalry game played between the Jackson State Tigers and the Southern Jaguars. The two SWAC rivals first met in 1929, but the rivalry didn’t kick off until 1958. It’s not just the action on the field that is a must-see when Jackson State and Southern square off the battle of the band between the schools is just as big and is where the rivalry gets its name. If you’re attending the BoomBox Classic, make sure to stick around for the 5th Quarter band performances after the game.

Southern Heritage Classic

Rival Team: Tennessee State Tigers

The Southern Heritage Classic is held each year at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee and it pits the Jackson State Tigers against the Tennessee State Tigers. The game itself is only part of the event as the halftime show featuring both schools’ bands and famous musicians is as big a draw as the game. If you want to attend one of the best Jackson State games of the year, then make sure to get tickets to the Southern Heritage Classic.

Soul Bowl

Rival Team: Alcorn State Braves

From 1994 to 2012, the rivalry game between Jackson State and Alcorn State was called the Capital Classic and was held in Jackson. However, Alcorn State decided they wanted a piece of the action and the series became a home and home since 2012. There is a lot of bad blood between two Mississippi-based rivals, so make sure to be in attendance when the Tigers take on the Braves.

Jackson State Tigers Tailgate Guide


No Jackson State game is complete without tailgating, so make sure to arrive early and take part in all the fun outside the stadium. Tigers fans show up bright and early to start tailgating in the lots outside the stadium open for tailgating at 8 am on game days. If you want to get a good spot and enjoy a Tigers game to its fullest, then arrive early at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

After you get to the tailgate, you’ll be surrounded by a sea of Tigers fans. Everywhere you look fans will be dressed in navy and white grilling out and throwing back beers. Tigers fans love to party and are very welcoming, so bring something to share, and you’ll make lots of new friends quickly.

Finally, don’t hesitate to try some delicious Mississippi favorites when tailgating at Jackson State. Tigers fans prepare a variety of local delicacies including crawfish and much more, so don’t hesitate to try something new if offered.

You’ll have a lot of fun tailgating before a Jackson State Tigers game making a trip to Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium a must for any tailgating enthusiast.


Homecoming Parade

If you’re attending the Jackson State homecoming game, don’t miss the opportunity to see the parade. The parade is a fun part of any homecoming especially when it includes a fantastic band like Jackson State’s Sonic Boom of the South.

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Where to tailgate

Jackson State Tigers Stadium Guide

In Game

While you may technically be going to a football game when attending a game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, a Jackson State Tigers game is all about the band. The Sonic Boom of the South put on an incredible show that any marching band fan or college football fan won’t want to miss. They’ve received lots of praise of the years, and with good reason, so make sure to enjoy the Sonic Boom of the South when attending a Tigers football game.

The Sonic Boom of the South isn’t the only spirit group that puts on a fantastic performance at Tigers games. The J-Settes also provide fans with plenty of entertainment and their dance routines are a must-see part of any Tiggers game. You’ll also enjoy watching Wavee Dave, and the Baby Tigers perform as well, and the cheerleaders do an excellent job of keeping the fans up on their feet and cheering.

Additionally, the fans themselves create a fun atmosphere as diehard Tiger fans fill MVMS on game days. No matter what the score you’ll see a large number of fans cheering on the team and showing their support. The fans here are also extremely knowledgeable and more than happy to talk to newcomers about the team and its history.

You’ll have a fantastic time attending a Jackson State game where the band and spirit groups still the show to create an unforgettable experience.

Things to check out

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Sonic Boom of the South

The Sonic Boom of the South is the best reason to come to a Jackson State game and is one of the best bands in the country. The band has received national acclaim over the years and has even earned the moniker “Hollywood’s band of choice.” Enjoy the Sonic Boom of the South’s performance as they’re a can’t miss part of any Tigers game.

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While the Sonic Boom of the South may get the most press, deservedly so, the J-Settes are no slouches either. Enjoy watching the J-Settes incredible dance routines when taking in a game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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Wavee Dave and the Baby Tigers

Keep an eye out for the Tigers mascot Wavee Dave and the Baby Tigers during the game. Wavee Dave and the Baby Tigers will dazzle you with their dance moves and have been a big part of every Jackson State game since the early 1980s and the 1990s respectively.


Join in the cheers lead by the cheerleaders to give the Tigers as much of a home field advantage as possible. There’s no better way to show off your JSU spirit than by cheering along with the JSU Cheerleaders.

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Fight Songs

  1. “Cheer Boys”

    Official Fight Song

    Cheer Boys for Jackson,
    Jackson Will Win
    Cheer Boys for Jackson,
    Never Give In
    You do your best boys,
    We will do the rest boys
    Cheer Boys for Victory
    (Fight, Fight, Fight!)

  2. “Get Ready”

    Official Band Theme Song

    I never met a girl who makes me feel
    the way that you do.
    (You’re alright)
    Whenever I’m asked who makes my dreams real,
    I say that you do.
    (You’re outta sight)
    So, fee fi fo fum
    Look out baby, ’cause here I come.

    And I’m bringing you a love that’s true.
    So get ready, so get ready.
    I’m gonna try to make you love me too.
    So, get ready, so get ready,
    ’cause here I come.
    (Get ready ’cause here I come) I’m on my way.
    (Get ready ’cause here I come)

    If you wanna play hide and seek with love,
    let me remind you
    (It’s alright)
    But the lovin’ you’re gonna miss
    and the time it take to find you
    (It’s outta sight)
    So, fiddley dee, fiddley dum
    Look out baby, ’cause here I come.

    (Repeat Chorus)

    If all my friends should want you too,
    I’ll understand it.
    (Be alright)
    I hope I get to you before they do,
    the way I planned it.
    (Be outta sight)
    So tiddley dee, tiddley dum
    Look out baby, ’cause here I come.

    (Repeat Chorus)

  3. “Jackson Fair”

    Jackson Fair, Jackson Dear
    Thee I love, My dear ole college home
    Thee I love, Where ever I may roam
    Jackson Fair, Jackson Dear

    (Men) Hail, Hail to Thee
    (Ladies) Yes, Hail to Thee
    (Men) Yes, Hail to Thee
    (Ladies) Yes, Hail to Thee

    (All) Hail to the college of my heart!

    (Repeat All)

  4. J-S-U Rocks the House

    J-S-U Rocks the House

Jackson State Tigers Bars & Restaurants

  1. Fenian’s Pub

    Fenians Pub Jameson whiskey

    Hearty Food. Stout Libations. A Hundred Thousand Salutations.

    901 E Fortification St, Jackson, MS 39202, USA

    Bar website

    european - $$

  2. Crawdad Hole

    Crawdad Hole

    Whether you choose to eat in or dine out, you will not be disappointed in our quality seafood and our fun atmosphere.

    1150 Lakeland Dr, Jackson, MS 39216, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Babalu Tapas & Tacos

    Babalu Tapas Tacos

    Food is super delicious and service is excellent.

    622 Duling Ave #106, Jackson, MS 39216, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  4. The Pig & Pint

    The Pig Pint

    Come for the Pig. Come for the Pint. Come prepared for BBQ dining like you have never experienced. Whether it is BBQ Chicken Tacos with Mango Jicama Slaw or Pork Belly Corn Dogs, we expect you to find something fantastic and new that takes your BBQ experience to the next level.

    3139 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216, USA

    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  5. Brent’s Drugs

    Brents Drugs

    The soda fountain and classic bar stools remain in the original 1946 location and are still a gathering place for friends and neighbors alike. Decades and generations later, Brent's Drugs continues to prescribe soda fountain favorites and Southern hospitality.

    655 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  6. Rooster’s Restaurant

    Rooster Restaurant

    Rooster’s, located in the heart of Fondren, stays classic southern with its burgers, country fried steaks, and red beans & rice, focusing on everything homemade and fresh

    2906 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Walker’s Drive In

    Walker Drive In

    Walker's offers an upscale experience in a casual atmosphere, featuring local ingredients from the region, sustainable seafood, and only the finest quality aged beef.

    3016 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$$

  8. Sal and Mookie’s New York PIzza and Ice Cream Joint

    Sal and Mookies New York PIzza and Ice Cream Joint

    Pizza, burgers, hummus, or wings, we have everything you crave covered better than your favorite fullback.

    200 District Blvd E, Jackson, MS 39211, USA

    Bar website

    cafe - pizza - $$

  9. Fondren Public

    Fondren Public

    Great food, awesome drinks, and nice service.

    2765 Old Canton Rd, Jackson, MS 39216, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Mugshots Grill & Bar

    Mugshots Grill Bar

    It's all about the buns.

    4245 Lakeland Dr, Flowood, MS 39232, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs

    Apothecary Brent Drugs

    They have a great seleciton of drinks, good food, and nice service.

    655 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Ole Tavern

    Ole Tavern

    Downtown Jackson's Home Cooking & Happening Night Life Venue.

    416 George St, Jackson, MS 39202, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. Saltine Oyster Bar

    Saltine Oyster Bar

    A modern oyster bar & restaurant featuring Southern cuisine, fresh seafood, seasonal veggies & craft cocktails.

    622 Duling Ave #201, Jackson, MS 39216, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$