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Updated: 11/28/2013 12:42 am
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- This year's rivalry game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State is being played in Starkville, which means Mississippi State University expects to see a big crowd for the Egg Bowl.
 
"If we're at full capacity, we usually look for about 22,000 vehicles on campus on gameday," said Bradley Douglas, MSU's event coordinator for gamedays.

That alone presents a huge challenge, but it's one MSU has grown accustomed to, and officials have a new plan in place for this year's game.

A majority of the crowd usually has to park vehicles on one of the grass lots when attending a game at Davis Wade Stadium.

That won't be the case for Thursday's game, especially since it's on a holiday.

"We had to close some of our grass lots, but we're actually going to be able to open some of the residence hall lots and get some folks to park on the pavement," added Douglas. "It's nice, and [this way,] we can accomodate all of our fans."

For fans who were preparing for a hike, now they can park closer to the stadium.

"It's really good to know that we can park on campus now, which is a lot of help," said Lauren Tubb, an Ole Miss fan. "So I won't have to be walking in heels, which is what Ole Miss people do."

Another advantage to having fans park around the residence halls is that the lots are well lit, so it will be more comfortable for people as they make their way back to their vehicles at night after the game.

Fans planning to park on campus without a parking pass will have to pay $20.
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