In an attempt to bring Cleveland and Delta State closer together, many community leaders and Delta State faculty and staff are joining hands to unify the relationship between the city and the university.
“The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce has started a DSU Community Pride Task Force,” Chamber President Libbi Logan said. “It’s a combination of DSU staff and faculty, along with chamber members who work together to encourage joint community and university support.”
“We hope it will be mutually beneficial,” Logan said. “One of the task forces recent initiatives was the “Green-out.”
The chamber and university encourage everyone to wear green on Fridays in support of Okra Nation athletics.
“We want everyone to wear green so people can recognize Cleveland as the Delta State community,” Logan said.
“We’re looking for inexpensive ways for people to recognize Cleveland as the home of Delta State and the Delta State community,” she said. “We are working to inform local merchants about selling Delta State merchandise as well.”
Logan added that they are also encouraging local businesses to display banners and flags to show their Delta State Pride.
“We’ve encouraged green window displays for example during homecoming as a way of showing support,” she said.
Making Cleveland a uniquely recognizable community of Delta State supporters is what the chamber’s task force is all about.
“We are really researching several ways to make Cleveland recognizable as the Delta State community,” Logan said.
Support for Delta State athletics is clear come game day. Tailgaters and tents fill Statesmen park on Fridays in support of DSU football creating what could be called The Grove of the Delta.
“Tailgating at Delta State is unique because a lot of Universities don’t have the privilege of being able to tailgate,” Will Bradham said.
“We’re relatively new to this, and we want people in our community to be able to enjoy the tailgating experience,” he added. “Certainly we don’t have the tailgating reputation as Ole Miss or Mississippi State, but tailgating will do nothing but grow here.”
Bradham said with the football program’s recent success on the field this year, the excitement is “a lot of fun.”
“Especially this year, there has just been a ton of excitement at Statesmen Park,” he said. “There are a lot of people coming around to recognizing Delta State as one of the premiere universities in the state. We are encouraging everyone to come together and embrace the university’s successes.
“It’s a lot of fun for everybody,” Bradham said. “And, the tailgating atmosphere isn’t just localized to football.
Bradham added that every sports fan has a chance to enjoy tailgating at Delta State.
“Our tailgating group for baseball is getting bigger as well,” Bradham added. “We are actually looking at doing some tailgating for soccer and softball and home basketball games as well.”
Delta State fans and supporters as well as current students can purchase athletic tickets at two different locations. Tickets are available www.gostatesmen.com as well as the Chadwick-Dickson Athletic Field House.
Now that the Statesmen are the in post season, playoff tickets are available at the field house as well.
Ticket prices are $15 for reserve seating, $10 general admission and $5 regular admission for students with a valid student ID. The Delta State student body can receive free post season playoff tickets with a valid identification.