What it costs Mississippi State to host NCAA softball super regional

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State fans got a look at something new last weekend: a nationally relevant softball program.

MSU, after upsetting no. 2 Florida State in regional play, returned to Starkville to host its first super regional. Despite losing in two games against Arizona, MSU saw what it takes to build an elite program.

Record-breaking crowds came to Nusz Park to watch the likes of catcher Mia Davidson and coach Samantha Ricketts after years of building the Mississippi State to this stage, and they received a plethora of praise regardless of the outcome.

But a program’s rise also comes with financial commitment.

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Tickets first made available to Bulldog Club members sold out within minutes, forcing MSU to invent new ways to increase capacity. Outfield decks were built within a week, along with portable bathrooms and video boards for fans with an obstructed view.

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