Indoor Practice Facility Receives Upgrades, Name in Honor of Manning Family
By Ole Miss Athletics
In honor of their extraordinary contributions to the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss Athletics named the newly renovated Indoor Practice Facility the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center, Ole Miss Director of Athletics Ross Bjork announced prior to the Rebels’ 2013 home opener.
The renovation and expansion of the Manning Center, slated to be completed in early 2014, was made possible by gifts to the Forward Together Campaign. In partnership with Ole Miss Athletics, the Manning family and the family of Billy Van Devender have made significant contributions to the campaign in order to honor Olivia and Archie Manning in this special way.
Among the finest facilities in all of college athletics, the Manning Center is the crown jewel in the growing athletics compound surrounding Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
“The Manning Center speaks a great deal to our donor support, our athletics tradition and the future of our program,” said Athletics Director Ross Bjork. “I have been all over the nation, and this is one of the most impressive out there. We are excited about the numerous enhancements on the horizon, as the facility continues to serve as a tremendous recruiting asset for Ole Miss Athletics.”
Located beside the South End Zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the Rebels moved into the spectacular $18 million multi-purpose structure in fall 2004.
As part of the Forward Together campaign, a $12.5 million renovation and expansion of the Manning Center commenced in early 2013. The project will be built in phases and is expected to be completed by early 2014.
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Among the upgrades to the Manning Center is the construction of a full kitchen and dining hall that will be part of the Ole Miss dining program and open to every student, faculty and staff member. The facility will provide a nutrition center for all Ole Miss student-athletes and will be in the vicinity of the current banquet room.
The existing weight room is being expanded on the east side, widening the area by 2,000 square feet. The current locker room has also be enhanced and expanded, and includes a new player lounge on the west side of the IPF. The locker room was completed in August 2013 in time for training camp.
The new team meeting room is being constructed on the north end of the facility in the current lawn between the building and the south end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
It will seat approximately 200, doubling the capacity of the current team room, and the meeting area will be outfitted with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment and coaching software.
Adjacent to the team room will be a new head coach’s office, putting all of the staff on the same level in the renovated coaching suite.
With the construction of the new team room, a new front door and recruiting room will be erected on the site of the current team room. The recruiting room will contain trophies, memorable images and interactive exhibits, and will celebrate the rich tradition of Rebel football with recruits, alumni and fans.
Numerous Rebel supporters contributed financially to the construction of the facility, including legendary Rebel quarterback Archie Manning. In May 2004, former Ole Miss running back Deuce McAllister donated $1 million toward the building of the facility. The architects of the facility were Ferguson & Associates of Jackson.
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