Downtown tailgate begins opening weekend

Downtown tailgate begins opening weekend

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - College football season is just around the corner, and so is tailgating.

The Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association is bringing back its downtown tailgate this season, and they will kick off the tailgate for the USM season opener Saturday, September 5.

HHDA Director Andrea Saffle said parts of Front Street will be closed that afternoon, and fans are encouraged to come-and-go or stay to watch the USM-MSU game, which has a 9 p.m. CST kickoff.

Saffle said the bars will be open, but fans can also bring their own coolers with beer and light wine only. Other college games will also be airing downtown all day Saturday, so the event is for all fans to enjoy the first weekend of college football.

The city's transit system will also be running from campus to downtown, free of charge, so people who want to go between tailgates or make it from downtown to the stadium for kickoff will be able to do so with ease. Saffle said the exact pickup locations will be listed soon at

For more details on the event as it leads up to the weekend of events, visit the Downtown Hattiesburg Facebook page.

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