OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – Ole Miss' annual Meet the Rebels Day will have extra special meaning this Saturday, August 11, as the Rebels will introduce their new on-field mascot during the festivities at the Manning Center.
In October 2017, the university announced the Land shark as the official mascot of the Ole Miss Rebels, a term that was first adopted by the football team's defensive unit in 2008, but quickly gained popularity from Ole Miss fans and student-athletes from other sports.
Doors for Meet the Rebels will open at 1 p.m., with the event concluding at 3 p.m. Fans should park in the parking garage attached to The Pavilion and enter through the west side of Vaught-Hemingway stadium at gate 33. Fans will then be able to enter the team tunnel on their way into the event.
Active Rebel Kids Club Members (with up to two parents or guardians) will be permitted early entry at 12:30 p.m., at the east entrance of the facility, by the Grill at 1810. The new and improved Rebel Kids Club is the official youth organization of Ole Miss Athletics and is open to kids eighth grade and below. To join, visit RebelKidsClub.com.
Admission is free, and autograph lines will be first-come, first-serve.
As the Manning Center opens, the Rebel soccer, volleyball, rifle and spirit squads will be greeting fans and signing autographs. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, fans are limited to one autographed item per individual player or coach, and photos or videos with football players will not be permitted.
Other important items to note:
Fans are prohibited from saving spaces in line.
Fans who exit a line for any reason must reenter the line at the end.
The Rebel Shop will be selling apparel, media guides and other merchandise. Additionally, the Ole Miss Athletics Ticket Office will be selling football season tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets.
There will be lunch available for purchase at the event.
Q105 (105.1 and 105.5 FM in the Oxford area) will broadcast live from the Manning Center beginning at 1 p.m. with an on-air team led by the "Voice of the Rebels" David Kellum. Several Ole Miss coaches and administrators will be interviewed, including Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Ross Bjork.
Fans posting on social media about their Meet the Rebels Day experience should use the hashtag #MeetTheRebels.