Starkville Bars and Restaurants Create ‘Omaha-South’ With College World Series Eve Parties That Attract Fans and Additional Business


STARKVILLE, Mississippi (WCBI) – Since not all fans in the State of Mississippi could make it to the College World Series, bars and restaurants in Starkville went out of their way to bring them the CWS.

“They expect that atmosphere when they arrive, they start to have a good time and we applauded like we were in Omaha for sure,” says Barton Dinkins, co-owner of 2 Brothers Smoked Meats.

Normally 2 Brothers wouldn’t even be open on a Monday night. But for Game 1 of the College World Series Finals, they had a full house.

“Everyone I have known is actually in Omaha now and I have no cable,” said MSU graduate student Haley Grant.

Bars and restaurants in downtown Starkville and the Cotton District have sought to recreate the game-day atmosphere to transform Mississippi’s College Town into South Omaha.

“We were full downstairs, a big, exciting crowd,” Dinkins said. “Everyone is ready and we expect to have the same [Tuesday night] With a bit of luck.”

2 Brothers is one of 21 restaurants that host College World Series Finals Eve parties.

“People came in big groups, I think we had a few groups of 10 or more,” Dinkins said of the Game 1 crowd. “They ordered a bunch of food, had their drinks and were stayed here for the duration of the match. ”

They weren’t the only ones.

“We had a full house in front of all our televisions, the bar was packed,” says Terry Long, general manager of Central Station Grill. “We have had people who made reservations so that they could be in a table or a booth near the televisions.”

Long says Bulldog fans of all ages were on hand to watch State take on Vanderbilt on Monday night.

“To be able to have something like that on a Monday night, I mean, some restaurants have probably doubled their normal sales,” Long believes.

Following the 2020 restaurant industry record, Paige Hunt, director of tourism for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, says the parties are a boost for local businesses.

“They’ve had a tough year and it’s a great opportunity for us to be able to promote them and encourage people to go out and experience the Starkville food scene,” she says.

And while State fans are hoping the Diamond Dawgs can bring home the World Series trophy, Starkville has already won.

“It was fun watching the Dawgs and it helped the city a lot,” says Dinkins.

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