By: MSU Media Relations
By: MSU Media Relations

After years of planning and execution, the SEC Network becomes a reality Thursday in over 90 million homes nationwide. In conjunction with the network’s first live evening, Mississippi State Athletics is inviting fans to an SEC Network ‘launch party’ beginning at 4:30 p.m. CT Thursday in ‘The Junction.’

Fans can be a part of the excitement as the SEC Network goes live from The Junction. There will be television screens set up throughout the area enabling fans to watch the network’s first two hours of programming.

The Famous Maroon Band, the MSU Spirit Squads, Bully and the Egg Bowl trophy will be in attendance. MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin will address the crowd at approximately 4:45 p.m. A live countdown will take place in the final minute leading up to the network’s launch at 5 p.m. Free refreshments will be available.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., the SEC Network goes live from MSU football’s practice as Tony Barnhart will interview head coach Dan Mullen. The Bulldogs’ practice will be the only one shown live league-wide during the network’s three-hour launch show, SEC Now. Following practice, Barnhart will interview quarterback Dak Prescott.

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will carry SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in 2014-15. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC's 21 sports annually.

MSU’s Aug. 30 season-opener against Southern Miss in the newly renovated and expanded Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field will be televised live by the SEC Network at 6:30 p.m.

What Channel is the SEC Network in Mississippi?
• AT&T U-Verse: Channel 1607
• C Spire Fiber: Channel 220

• Comcast: TBA Thursday

• DISH Network: Channel 404 with the Hopper digital set-top box or on Channel 408

• DirecTV: Channel 611

• MetroCast: Channel 26 or Channel 726 HD

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