2024 Blue Raider Blitz spotlighting MTSU football,...

2024 Blue Raider Blitz spotlighting MTSU football, athletics set for late May

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Pack up the car and hit the road with Middle Tennessee State University Athletics, as the annual Blue Raider Blitz rolls into towns across the Midstate in May.

Locations have now been finalized for the five-stop tour over three days, May 28-30, where MTSU fans will be able to hear from MTSU head football coach Derek Mason on his first Blue Raider Blitz tour, according to

Derek Mason, MTSU football coach named in December 2023
Derek Mason

“I want people to realize that I’m not just somebody you’re going to see on a billboard, Mason said. “I’m not just going to be somebody you’re going to see on TV, I’m you, you’re me. We’re all part of the same community. We’re all Blue Raider Nation.” 

The Blitz starts on Tuesday, May 28, in Murfreesboro at Happy’s Sports Lounge. Our proud Blue Raider Athletics sponsor Ascend Federal Credit Union will be hosting the Tullahoma Blitz at their corporate headquarters the next day on May 29. 

Rick Insell
Rick Insell

The tour continues that evening of May 29 in Shelbyville at RiverBend Country Club. This stop will highlight women’s basketball head coach Rick Insell, who was just recently announced as Tennessee Sports Writers Association – Pat Summitt Coach of the Year.

Thursday, May 30, will conclude the blitz with a morning stop in Smyrna at the Smyrna Event Center, before heading further up I-24 to Nashville that evening. The final stop in the Music City at Tailgate Brewery will have a media panel to talk Blue Raider football and college athletics in general. 

The panel will consist of Nashville TV news sports anchors Cory Curtis (WKRN-TV), Chris Harris (WSMV-TV), Steve Layman (WTVF-TV) and Jill Jelnick (WZTV). The panel is expected to get underway at 6:30 p.m.

During our stops, supporters will be able to purchase 2024 football season tickets while also taking advantage of on-site incentive giveaways. Both the MTSU Ticket Office and Blue Raider Athletic Association representatives will be on hand to answer any questions.

Fans will also be able to win promotional prizes, including ticket packages, Blue Raider gear, and much more. 

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to the dates they can make by clicking HERE. Letting organizers know you are coming will guarantee access to enter and win prizes, and to prepare for light refreshments at certain locations. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at each stop.


Tuesday, May 28

• Murfreesboro — 5:30 p.m. – Happy’s Sports Lounge, 302. W. Main St.

Wednesday, May 29 

• Tullahoma — 11:30 a.m. – Ascend Federal Credit Union Corporate Headquarters, 520 Airpark Drive

• Shelbyville — 5:30 p.m. – RiverBend Country Club, 245 River Bend Country Club Road

• Thursday, May 30 

• Smyrna — 11:30 a.m. – Smyrna Event Center, 100 Sam Ridley Parkway

• Nashville — 5:30 p.m. – Tailgate Brewery Headquarters, 7300 Charlotte Pike

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