As mugs of cold beer clink and beads of sweat roll down the faces of Rebel fans in Nashville Thursday night, those staying in Oxford for the season opener against Vanderbilt can still find plenty of places to celebrate.
Funkys, The Lyric and even The Grove will play host to the Rebel faithful on game night.
According to Funkys’ Facebook page, the pre-game party kicks off at noon with discounted food and drinks. Happy hour at The Lyric will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. while the North Carolina versus South Carolina game is on the air. With no cover or age restriction, football fans can enjoy the game on “the biggest screen in town,” according to the venue’s website.
If you think football is best enjoyed outside, fans can start setting up their spots in The Grove at 5:30 p.m. to watch the game on another giant screen, according to Ole Miss Student Union Director Bradley Baker. Baker also said that there will be a “no tent” zone near the Grove Stage, so nobody’s view will be obstructed.
The Grove screen will also show the North Carolina-South Carolina match-up before the Rebels’ game begins. The Student Activities Association will provide free popcorn and drinks, in addition to giving out prizes during the game.
“As with any event held in the Grove, it will adhere to game day rules,” Baker added.
For post-game amusement, the bars on the Square will stay open until 1 a.m. Rooster’s Blues House, The Library, Frank and Marlee’s and the Blind Pig Pub should all be packed.
Competing against each other since 1894, the Ole Miss Rebels are no strangers to the Vanderbilt Commodores. The two teams are about to meet for the 88th time. So what if you have to work or have other commitments preventing you from watching any of the game?
Check out our list of Twitter accounts from people and organizations planning to cover the game, tweet-by-tweet:
@OleMissFB (Ole Miss Football)
@thedm_sports (The Daily Mississippian)
@SpiritBen (Ole Miss Spirit beat writer)
@parrishalford (Ole Miss beat writer for Daily Journal)
@HKellenbergerCL (Ole Miss beat writer for The Clarion-Ledger)
Whether fans are watching at home, in the stands, on bar stools or 140 characters at a time, the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt game kicks off at 8:15 p.m. in Nashville and will air on ESPN 2.
Story contributed by Hanna Jalawan, Taylor Kamnetz email@example.com and Quentin Winstine firstname.lastname@example.org.