Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Aint It About Time

I guess it is better late than never. Now that we have finally announce the baseball expansion and have bids out, can we please move on to the basketball facility. Surely they will begin to work aggressively on this now that the baseball expansion has been agreed to.

OXFORD, Miss. – Construction bids for Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field were approved here today, and work will immediately begin on the expansion of the facility.

Architect David Lemons of Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons, presented bids to the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning on Tuesday and received pre-approval Wednesday for awarding the bid to the Panola Construction Company.

The completion of the renovation is targeted for February 2009.

“We feel this is a successful first step in beginning immediate construction on the baseball stadium,” said Ole Miss Director of Athletics Pete Boone. “We appreciate the diligence that David Lemons has taken in this project in an effort to keep the positive and exciting aspects of the stadium intact while eliminating unnecessary things.”

“Obviously this is a great day for Ole Miss Baseball,” said Rebel head coach Mike Bianco. “It’s great to see all the hard work that Pete Boone and the athletics department has put in this project now come to fruition.”

Among the amenities that will be added include 880 club seats, most of which have already been reserved.

“The response from ticket holders has been gratifying,” Boone said. “We are close to selling out club seats, which obviously helps fund this project.”