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REBEL SPORTS

THE SETTING

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Campus and Oxford
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Enrollment

REBELS HIT THE BOOKS

REBEL FACILITIES

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Vaught-Hemingway received an upgrade in 2009, as FieldTurf synthetic grass was installed on the stadium’s playing surface (it was natural grass from its beginning until 1970; Astroturf from 1970-84; natural grass again from 1985-2002; and AstroPlay  synthetic from 2003-08). Although Ole Miss is the first SEC school to install FieldTurf in its stadium, more than 100 top NCAA programs play or practice on the top-of-the-line surface, as well as 21 NFL and several MLB teams.

The stadium increased its capacity to 60,580 in 2002 with the bowling in of the south end zone, making it the largest facility in the state.

With the additional seating, the Rebels have set record-breaking attendance figures over the last nine years, drawing all 10 of the largest crowds in school history. The momentous Ole Miss-Alabama encounter last year attracted a crowd of 62,657, the largest ever to watch a football game on campus in Mississippi. The Rebels’ matchup with LSU in 2003 gathered 62,552 fans, and the 2004 Tennessee game drew 62,028.

Known as Hemingway Stadium for much of its existence, began its long historic life in 1915 when students helped in the construction of the first football grandstand. The construction was a three-year, federally-sponsored project. Stadium capacity was originally 24,000.

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In honor of their extraordinary contributions to the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss Athletics named the newly renovated Indoor Practice Facility the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center, Ole Miss Director of Athletics Ross Bjork announced prior to the Rebels’ 2013 home opener.

The renovation and expansion of the Manning Center, slated to be completed in early 2014, was made possible by gifts to the Forward Together Campaign. In partnership with Ole Miss Athletics, the Manning family and the family of Billy Van Devender have made significant contributions to the campaign in order to honor Olivia and Archie Manning in this special way.

“The names Olivia and Archie Manning will remind our athletes for generations to come of the values that represent the best of Ole Miss,” said Chancellor Dan Jones. “Olivia and Archie will be a daily inspiration to each of them.”

Among the finest facilities in all of college athletics, the Manning Center is the crown jewel in the growing athletics compound surrounding Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

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THE GROVE

  • “I still remember the first time I came here on my official visit. Walking through The Grove, the whole atmosphere was just UNBELIEVABLE.”
    - Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl linebacker
  • “I can say in definitive terms that there isn’t a better place to spend a college football Saturday”
    - Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN
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Regarded as one of the world’s top sporting traditions, tailgating on football Saturdays at Ole Miss is one of those activities that every sports fan should take the opportunity to indulge in at some point in their life. Ten acres of lush green grass, watched over by majestic oak trees in the middle of the Ole Miss campus, are transformed from a tranquil picnic spot into tailgating paradise when thousands of football fans crowd into every corner of the land. Weaving through the myriad of red and blue tents, one is bound to encounter a few of the most extravagant set-ups in all of tailgating – fine china, chandeliers, big-screen satellite TVs. Of course, many tents are a bit simpler, but the unique atmosphere still encourages sundresses and high heels for the ladies and coats and ties for the men. Food and drink are abundant. “Hotty Toddy” can always be heard chanted among the trees. Champions walk through it. There is nowhere else like it. It is … The Grove.