The 2017 season promises to be exciting as Southern Miss opens their non-conference season with a rematch of their thrilling 44-35 victory in Lexington from a year ago.
“The chance to have a team from the Southeastern Conference come to Hattiesburg is a great opportunity to showcase the tradition and fervent fan base that Southern Miss has,” said Stephen Pugh, Sr. Associate AD for External Operations. The Saturday, Sept. 2, kick is set for 3 p.m. and is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night, recognizing the efforts and contributions of the USM community.”
The promotions continue the following week, Saturday Sept. 9, when the Golden Eagles entertain Southern University at 6 p.m.
The showcase of the Pride of Mississippi and Human Jukebox Marching Bands headline the festivities between the local schools. The game is Fellowship day, as local churches can and community groups can get discounted tickets to the game.
After a road game and a bye week, Southern Miss returns home to open Conference USA play on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m., against North Texas. A full day of festivities are planned, as the 1997 C-USA Championship football team will be honored during the game along with six new inductees to the Southern Miss M-Club Hall of Fame. The Pride of Mississippi will hold their annual All-South Marching Band day.
On Oct. 14, Southern Miss plays host to UTEP for Homecoming and Football Letterman’s Day. Alumni are welcomed back to campus for this annual celebration. The festivities will have a touch of pink as the football team will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. Youth Sports participants can also receive discounted tickets and participate in pre-game activities as part of the day. Southern Miss Cheerleading squad will also be hosting their annual kids clinic.
Southern Miss finishes the month on Oct. 30, by welcoming UAB in its return season at 6 p.m. Southern Miss will hold its Blackout game as well as play host to its School Day while participating in the College Football Playoff Extra Yard for Teachers program, celebrating accomplishments in the classroom.
The Golden Eagles finish up the home regular-season schedule on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. against Charlotte, which will be Military Appreciation Day. Throughout the game, Southern Miss will honor the contributions of Military personnel with special ceremonies throughout the game. The game also marks Senior Day as that group will also be recognized for their careers in a pre-game ceremony. Finally, Southern Miss will hold its annual Scout Night during that final home contest.
Prior to each game Junior Eagle Funland returns for 2017, but please note that the location has been changed to in front of the Payne Center.
In addition to the exciting promotional schedule, there are a number of new changes for the 2017 season. The University of Southern Mississippi has announced new safety measures for the upcoming year, including a clear bag policy and an updated golf cart policy.
There will also be a change in how fans can access their game day information. Southern Miss is finalizing a new game day app with Hopscotch to provide fans a leading game day experience. There will also be a change in how fans can stream Southern Miss Athletics. The Southern Miss All-Access will no longer be available through the CBS College Sports Live product and all events will be available through CUSA.TV. Fans that are subscribers will have to cancel their subscription on CBS and subscribe on CUSA.TV here.
Recently, Southern Miss announced their season ticket holder referral program. For each successful referral, the original season ticket holder will receive their choice of a $20 future credit on their ticket account up to $200 or a $20 voucher for concessions in M.M. Roberts Stadium up to $100. On the tenth successful referral the fan will receive a personalized Southern Miss football jersey. On the 15th successful referral, the fan will receive an all-inclusive trip to a road game.
Season Tickets start at $110 per seat and are the best deal on tickets. Season Ticket holders receive access to exclusive events, discounts on additional single game tickets, priority access to post season tickets, the same seat for every game and prizes and giveaways throughout the year. To participate, fans should contact the Ticket Office at 1-800-844-TICK or fill out the form by clicking this link.