OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – Ole Miss’ latest renovations to Oxford-University Stadium are on track by all accounts and will be finished in April of this year.
The $20 million project is part of the Forward Together campaign and this particular project is geared more towards the student athletes.
“From a fan standpoint, it is fantastic,” Associate Athletics Director for Facilities and Game Operations Joe Swingle said. “Now what we are doing is making it for the student-athlete. From a recruiting standpoint and getting kids here, I would now put ours up against anyone in the country.”
The newly-erected 42,000 square foot baseball building is the bulk of the project and the part that will benefit the players the most. It will provide a new locker room, equipment room, hitting and pitching tunnels, new weight room, a lounge, a nutrition center and a new film room. Swingle expects the hitting and pitching tunnels to be completed before the Rebels’ first game on February 16.
The 3,200-foot dugout club should also be ready by the first game. That portion of the project will add 330 seats behind home plate with a suite-like area below the seats, similar to the lower-portion of the south end zone at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Upon the new baseball building’s completion on the first-base side of the stadium, roughly 170+ more seats will be added atop the building as a part of the roof top plaza. That seating will primarily consist of letterwinners.
Ole Miss will most likely switch dugouts from the third to first base side upon the completion of the new locker room. That portion of the project is expected to be completed in Mid-April.