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Southern Miss Highlights Season Ticket Holders as Part of the Family

April 24, 2018

Click here to view Shea and Corey's full Season Ticket Holder Profile via YouTube.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Donors and Season Ticket Holders are the lifeblood of the Southern Miss Football program. Without these supporters, Southern Miss Athletics would not be able to offer the incredible game experience, community, and camaraderie that comes with being a Golden Eagle. Many Season Ticket Holders purchase their tickets because they are passionate fans who love the game, but the Southern Miss Athletic Department views Season Ticket Holders as much more than fans. They are part of the program. They are family.

The Southern Miss Ticket Office has conducted a number of Season Ticket Holder interviews and surveys to find out exactly what makes being a Season Ticket Holder special to the customers. Lynne Firmin, Director of Ticket Operations and Sales, found that for many customers, the decision to purchase season tickets goes far beyond attending six football games per year.

"I noticed a trend while interviewing Season Ticket Holders," Firmin said. "Everyone said the word `family'. Everyone feels like they are part of a special Golden Eagle family, which is so unique and true. Most fans didn't say they purchase tickets for the price discount or the same reserved seat. Most said they do it because they know it helps the program, they love getting extra access to the team, and they have made lifelong friendships through their season ticket experiences."

Over the next several weeks, Southern Miss Athletics will release interviews with select Season Ticket Holders. The interviews will be published on YouTube and each will tell the story of a different Southern Miss Football Season Ticket Holder. The videos will highlight each fan's personal reasons why being a Season Ticket Holder is special.

The first Season Ticket Holder Profile features Shea and Corey Gibson. Shea and Corey both graduated from USM in 2008. The couple has been purchasing season tickets since 2014. They tailgate before every game and think the atmosphere at The Rock has a different feeling than anywhere else in the country.

Shea, who works in the Department of Educational Research and Administration at Southern Miss, says she and Corey were high school sweethearts. Now, Southern Miss Football is a cherished tradition that they enjoy together as a married couple.

If you are a Season Ticket Holder and are interested in giving your testimonial and finding out how you can be featured in a Season Ticket Holder Profile video, please contact Lynne Firmin at or 601-266-6721.

If you are not a Season Ticket Holder, but are interested in joining the Southern Miss Football Season Ticket Family, call 1-800-844-TICK for ticket options or visit

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