1. Eagle Walk (Location)
Located under the East Rock, The Eagle Walk is a must see featuring a variety of banners and tributes honoring all-time great Golden Eagles players and moments. The Eagle Walk also plays a part in university traditions as every year incoming students paint and maintain it. Stop by to for a chance to take in one of the most special traditions at Southern Miss.
2. The District
The District is the home to the most diehard tailgaters at Southern Miss and also where the majority of the tailgating action takes place. Here you’ll find a tailgating atmosphere that can go head to head with even the best tailgates in the SEC.
3. Friday Night at the Fountain
Friday nights the fountain at Shoemaker Square is home to a pep rally that gets the fans pumped for the next day’s game. The band, cheerleaders, mascot, and many more take part in this great tradition, so get here a day early to partake in it yourself.
4. Pride of Mississippi Band
On gamedays, it’s not only the roar of the crowd that rocks M.M. Roberts Stadium but also the pounding drums and the blasting brass of the “Pride of Mississippi Band.” Their halftime shows are arguably the best in Conference USA and are worth the price of admission all on its own. Keep yourself glued to your seat at halftime as you wouldn’t want to miss this outstanding performance.
5. Rivalry in Dixie
The rivalry with Louisiana Tech is one of the Golden Eagles fiercest and their only currently active one. It dates back to 1935 when the Bulldogs shutout the Golden Eagles 27-0 and only has gotten more intense over the years. The name for the rivalry was coined in 1976 when Louisiana Tech head coach stated, “This is the finest rivalry in Dixie.” Southern Miss holds a 31-15 lead in the all-time series and will look to increase their lead in the coming seasons.
Mugshot’s is a popular gameday spot in Hattiesburg that is home to one of the best traditions around, Mugshot’s Challenge. Mugshot’s Challenge consists of three patties, six strips of bacon, swiss, cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, so come hungry if you’re looking to take on this monstrosity.
7. Seymour d'Campus
The Southern Miss mascot has been a golden eagle since 1972. However, Seymour did not get his name until 1984. The name is inspired by the 1984 World’s Fair mascot Seymore D. Fair and is a pun sounding like “see more of the campus.” During games you can see Seymour entertaining the fans on the sideline and pumping up the crowd at critical times, so keep your eyes peeled for him.
One of the most popular foods found at a Southern Miss tailgate is boudin. The Cajun sausage is considered a delicacy by Southern Miss fans as well as a tailgate staple. These sausages consist of pork, pig’s blood, and a number of spices and are something everyone attending a Southern Miss game should try.
9. Black and Blue Bowl
Memphis-Southern Miss games have produced some of the most fiercely competitive contests in the history of these two programs, which has led to this rivalry being nicknamed the Black and Blue Bowl. The rivalry between these two southern schools dates back to 1935 when the Golden Eagles shutout the Tigers 12-0. Today Southern Miss holds a 40-22-1 lead in the all-time series and will look to build upon it when these two teams meet next.
10. Junior Eagles Fun Zone
You’ll find plenty of family and kids activities when attending a Southern Miss tailgate thanks to the Junior Eagle Fun Zone. Located at Pride Field, this area provides a variety of food and games for the entire family, so if you’re bringing little ones to the game make sure to stop by.