Each Saturday in the Fall when the Rebels football
team is at home, the center of the Ole Miss campus
comes alive at a location known as "The Grove." This
10 acre park, filled with old oak trees, is home to
one of the best tailing scenes in all of college
football. On game days you'll find some on the most
elaborate tailgating setups anywhere. No vehicles
are allowed here, only tents that can be setup the
night before. The atmosphere is like a giant
cocktail party, but filled with Ole Miss Rebel fans.
Two hours before kickoff the atmosphere becomes even
crazier as the "Walk through the Grove" occurs as
the football team walks to Vaught Hemingway Stadium.
for the Ole Miss Rebels, Vaught Hemingway Stadium is the largest
stadium in Mississippi and one of the oldest stadiums in college
football. In 1915 a 24,000 seat stadium was build a part of a
federally sponsored project at the University of
Mississippi. It was originally known as Hemingway
Stadium after Judge William Hemingway, chairman of
the University's Committee on Athletes.
Over three decades passed before any substantial
expansion projects were completed at the stadium.
One of the
largest pressbox's was constructed before the 1950 season. Like many
other teams during the early 1970s, the grass field was removed and
replaced with Astroturf. The first major expansion of the stadium
occurred during this time. Before the 1971 and 1973 seasons, seating was
added at both the east and west sides of the stadium. Seating was
added in both endzones prior to the 1980 season, increasing the
capacity of Vaught Hemingway Stadium to 41,000. The facility received
its current name, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 1982
as the stadium was named in honor of legendary coach
John Howard Vaught.
The original pressbox
was removed and a new one was built along with a club level in 1988.
Two years later, lights were added to the stadium and seven years
later a new video/scoreboard was installed. Before the
1998 season, construction was completed on the upper deck on the east
side of the stadium boosting the capacity to 50,000. Prior to the 2002
season, the south endzone was enclosed, giving the stadium its current
capacity of 60,850. The most recent change at Vaught Hemingway Stadium
occurred before the 2008 season when a new $6 million, 48 ft. by
84 ft. HD video/scoreboard was installed replacing the existing Jumbotron.
In August 2014 Ole Miss announced plans to expand
Vaught Hemingway Stadium. After the 2014 season the
south endzone was renovated and expanded. This
project increased the number of field level seats
and include 30 new luxury suites. Before the start
of the 2016 season, the latest renovation project at
Vaught Hemingway Stadium was completed. This $59.5
million project not only expanded the seating
capacity of the stadium to over 64,000 but added
other features to enhance the game day experience
including a new video board in the north endzone,
two video boards in the south end zone and a new
sound system. The seating capacity increased by over
6,000 with the addition of 30 luxury suites, 770
club seats and additiona seating around the stadium,
making it the largest stadium in Mississippi.