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 recieved
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 July 2011 the university announced plans to raise
$150 million dollars in order to build a new basketball arena
and upgrade Vaught Hemingway Stadium. This project would include
renovating the concourses and add seating in the north side of
the stadium, increasing the seating capacity to 70,000. A
timetable for this project has not been set.