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Video: Swayze Field undergoes construction upgrades

Sarah Kane
Oxford Stories
sekane@go.olemiss.edu

Ole Miss baseball provides an atmosphere unlike any other. At Swazye Field, one can find $1 hot dogs at weekday games, beer showers in the student sections after homeruns, and dancing before the bottom of the fifth inning.

Swazye Field is currently undergoing construction. While some might find the construction fences annoying, there are big plans in the future.

When the stadium was first renovated the early 2000s, only seats were added; no player amenities. Head Coach Mike Bianco said the locker room today is the same as it was when Keith Kessinger got dressed in 1989 when the Oxford-University Stadium was built.

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One of the biggest upgrades for fans will be a restaurant club area with televisions for fans to watch the game and food and drinks that can be purchased.

The stadium will get a new video board down the third base line so those watching the game from behind the outfield can see a video board from a new angle.

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Coach Bianco said: “We know that there’s growing pains, and I think the university knows as well. Rather you’re building a dorm, or a STEM building, or if you’re expanding a baseball stadium, there are growing pains and inconveniences.”

Bianco said one afternoon before practice, the players had to get dressed in the dark because the stadium did not have power. He said there have been many times without air conditioning.

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“I think everybody understands it,” he said. “It is part of it. You have to do it, and you’re going to be happy when it is done.”

The newly renovated baseball stadium is expected to be finished by the middle of the 2018 baseball season.

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