• •  arena & football facility naming opportunities available
  • •  Click on “follow the build” for a look at our fundraising progress
  • •  Over 1,200 premium seats sold for the new arena
  • •  Forward together campaign reaches $112 Million
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The Forward Together Campaign

This campaign and the proposed facility enhancements reflect much more than a bricks and mortar investment in Ole Miss Athletics. The Forward Together campaign symbolizes our shared values; our commitment to excellence and our unwavering resolve to win championships. Forward Together.
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A Phased Approach

Construction of the new arena, expansion of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and other facility renovations and improvements will occur in a phased approach, so as to allow time for design, development and funding in accordance with an overall Facility Master Plan. All projects are contingent upon sufficient funding to move forward. As such, it is imperative that we work together to see that this long-term vision becomes a reality.

Campaign Funding Model

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The Forward Together campaign funding model exemplifies the growing trend in college athletics to coalesce traditional methods of fundraising with new and innovative methods to generate revenue. Philanthropic giving combined with the introduction of Capital Gift Agreements (CGAs) accomplishes just that by integrating the old with the new and providing a way for everyone to contribute to this monumental effort.

Philanthropic Giving

As is the case with all capital campaigns, philanthropic giving will serve as the foundation of the Forward Together fundraising efforts. Donors will be able to make philanthropic contributions by clicking here or through the Vaught Society. Gifts of all sizes will be critical to the success of this campaign.

Capital Gift Agreements

CGAs in our premium seating areas will serve as a significant source of campaign funding. The CGA is an innovative way to provide priority seating benefits and long-term assurances to our loyal season ticket holders while also generating significant capital for the Forward Together campaign. For more information about CGAs, please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159.



Manning Center Initiative

On September 6, 2013 the Indoor Practice Facility was renamed the Olivia & Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center.  Enhancements to the Manning Center were accelerated in the campaign and these projects have already begun as a part of the Forward Together campaign. A new team meeting room, a full service dining facility, and expansion of the weight room are currently under construction. The facility will also feature a new lobby area that will showcase the history of Ole Miss Football. The renovated locker room and a new halftime locker room have already been completed. The remaining Manning Center projects will be finished in early 2014. When complete the Manning Center will be one of the finest practice facilities in the nation.

Multi-Purpose Arena Initiative (Arena Initiative)

The centerpiece of the Forward Together campaign is the construction of a brand new state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena. The arena will seat 9,500 fans and will include a number of first class amenities. The arena will include a private student concourse and courtside and baseline seating for students, three premium club areas, and over 1,500 premium seats, and an intimate seating bowl. The arena will also include a five story parking garage with 800 spaces that will service the entire campus community. The arena will be located on the west side of Vaught Hemingway Stadium in the space currently occupied by the Rebel Shop and the parking lot. The placement of the arena is a long-term decision and will allow us to further enhance our athletics complex – better connecting athletics to the heart of the best campus in higher education. This centralized location will create an impressive “front door” for Ole Miss Athletics and a destination point not only on a game day – but every day of the week.

Vaught Hemingway Stadium Initiative

As part of the Forward Together campaign, Vaught Hemingway stadium will be expanded and enhanced. The expansion will include the addition of suites and club seats, as well as the bowling in of the north endzone. The goal of the north endzone expansion will be to create an impressive north entry point to Hollingsworth Field – A true connection to the historic Grove as part of our “front door” vision. While there are many details to complete – we are focused on finishing these projects as soon as possible. The stadium enhancements include improvements to the concourses, concession areas, and restrooms of the stadium. In addition, the premium areas will continue to be improved. The renovation of the sidelines and addition of the field suites has already been completed for the 2013 season. All of these upgrades will be completed to improve the aesthetics of Vaught Hemingway Stadium and enhance the gameday experience for our fans.

Other Facility Initiatives

Other Facility Initiatives include the re-development of the historic Starnes Center, the Gillom Center and the FedEx Student-Athlete Success Center. As the north endzone complex is finalized, all of these facilities will experience a transformation. More information on these facility projects will be released in the coming months.

 

Vaught Society

The Vaught Society serves as the leadership fundraising catalyst under the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in support of Ole Miss Athletics and its quest for conference and national championships. This organization is philanthropic in nature, and its members are invested in the enhancement of Rebel Athletics. As is the case with all capital campaigns, philanthropic support will serve as the foundation of our fundraising efforts.  As such, Vaught Society pledges will be credited to the Forward Together campaign, and will play a critical role in bringing first-class facilities to Ole Miss and meeting our goal of $150 million. In grateful recognition of their support, Vaught Society members will be provided with an array of benefits, from invitations to exclusive events to men's basketball hospitality and facility naming opportunities.  For more information please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at (662) 915-7159, and ask to speak with a member of the major gifts staff.

Capital Gift Agreements

CGAs are a great way to obtain a number of priority seating benefits while also contributing to the Forward Together campaign. As a significant source of funding for the campaign, your capital gift will be an investment in the future of Ole Miss Athletics. For more information, please click the above links for Football and Basketball CGA, or call 662-915-7159.

Naming Opportunities

The Ole Miss Athletics Foundation and Ole Miss Athletics are offering a number of high profile naming opportunities in and around new facility construction. Naming opportunities are a great way for a family or business to cement an everlasting relationship with Ole Miss. For more information, please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at (662) 915-7159.  

Builders Circle

Membership in the Builders Circle will be granted to those who contribute $1,000,000 or more to the Forward Together campaign.  In recognition of their commitment to the Forward Together campaign, contributors will be credited as members of the Builders Circle and have their names prominently displayed in both the North Endzone expansion and the new Arena.  Recognition as a member of the Builders Circle will remain in both venues for the life of each facility. For more information please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at (662) 915-7159 and ask to speak with a member of the major gifts staff.

Planned Giving

Planned giving allows donors several options to contribute to the Forward Together campaign. Such gifts can be made in the form of a bequest, life insurance policy, IRA or other retirement planning account. For more information please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at (662) 915-7159.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Forward Together Campaign?

Forward Together is an athletics facilities campaign that seeks to raise $150 million in support of a comprehensive initiative aimed at new facility construction and existing facility enhancements at the University of Mississippi.

What are the facility initiatives of the Forward Together campaign?

The campaign has 4 main facility initiatives: construction of a new multi-purpose arena, Vaught Hemingway Stadium expansion and upgrades, Indoor Practice Facility enhancements, and other facility Projects (Including the Gillom Center, the FedEx Student-Athlete Success Center, and the Starnes Center). These projects will be completed in a phased approach and are contingent upon funding.

What is the timeline for construction of the new arena?

We will then break ground on the arena in the spring of 2014. Our goal is to open the new arena no later than January of 2016 – In time for SEC play.

Where will the new arena be located?

The new arena will be located in the current parking lot behind the west side of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium where the Rebel Shop currently sits. This is the area located between the stadium and Hill Drive.  

Why was the location of the new arena changed?

The placement of the arena is a long-term decision and will allow us to further enhance our athletics complex – better connecting athletics to the heart of the best campus in higher education. This centralized location will create an impressive “front door” for Ole Miss Athletics and a destination point not only on a game day – but every day of the week.  

Why has the design of the arena changed since the campaign was launched in 2011?

The original renderings were very preliminary. After finishing the design phase with AECOM, these updated renderings are more final and we believe this is the best plan for our athletics facilities.  

Will the new arena include a parking garage?

Yes. A new five story parking garage – with 800 spaces serving the entire campus community – will be built on the south end of the arena where the northern most practice field currently sits. We will break ground on the parking garage in late fall 2013 and will be completed by September of 2014.  

What will be the seating capacity of the new arena?

Permanent seating in the Arena will be just over 8,900, with a total capacity of 9,500 when you include standing room only.

What will happen to Tad Smith Coliseum?

Tad Smith Coliseum will continue to be used until the opening of the new arena. Once the new arena has been completed, Tad Smith will be torn down and the area will be converted into a green space.  

The initial campaign literature discussed a Phase II which included an expansion of the north end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. What is the status of Phase II?

Preliminary discussions have been held to determine the cost of construction of adding suites and club seating to Vaught Hemingway Stadium and bowling in the North Endzone of the Stadium. A final plan and timeframe for this expansion project will be announced in the coming months. We will not be using a phase I and phase II approach to the campaign, but will work to complete all of the facility initiatives in a timely and efficient manner.  

The initial plans of the campaign showed a north endzone that mirrored the south endzone. Is this still the plan?

We are exploring a number of different options that and will have more information soon. We believe there are ways to make efficient use of current facilities and resources – and steward your investment in a responsible and thoughtful manner. Simply put, we want to expand Vaught Hemingway Stadium and complete our projects as fast and as smart as we can and we are doing everything in our control to expedite the process.  

Will there be additional Suites and Club Seats through the expansion of Vaught Hemingway Stadium?

Yes, the expansion will include new suites and club seats.

What do the upgrades to Vaught Hemingway Stadium include?

Vaught Hemingway stadium will continue to be upgraded through the campaign. These upgrades include improvements to the concourses, concession areas, and restrooms of the stadium. In addition, the premium areas will continue to be improved. All of these upgrades will be completed to improve the ascetics of Vaught Hemingway Stadium and enhance the gameday experience for our fans.

How will the campaign be funded?

The campaign will be funded through philanthropic giving, as well as seating revenue generated from the Capital Gift Agreement (CGA). The total fundraising goal of the campaign is $150 million.

Will any state funding be used?

No, the campaign will be funded strictly through private donations.

Fundraising Summary

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20%
40%
60%
80%
100%
$53,405,123
VH CGA
$45M Goal
$19,227,000
Arena CGA
$20M Goal
$29,589,795
Philanthropic
$50M Goal
$17,532,000
VH Expansion CGA
$35M Goal
$119,753,918
Campaign Goal
$150M Goal

News

  • November 2013 — Bid the Parking Garage for Construction

  • December 2013 — Start Construction on Parking Garage

  • May 2014 — Bid the New Arena and Hill Drive

  • June 2014 — Start Construction on New Arena

  • August 2014 — Parking Garage Opens

  • January 1, 2016 — New Arena Opens

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The allocation process will be organized based on the ticket type reserved through the donor’s CGA. Priority Points will be used to determine selection slot for each donor at each ticket type. At the time of allocation, the donor will only be allowed to allocate those seats for which they have a CGA. CGA must be paid in full or on schedule according to the payment terms of the agreement at the scheduled time of allocation. Requests to add seats of the same ticket type will be eligible for allocation at the donor’s initial allocation slot provided that the CGA is paid in full or on schedule according to the payment terms of the agreement. Requests to add seats of a different ticket type will be placed on a waiting list and addressed upon completion of the initial seat allocation.

Basketball Seating Diagram

Arena Club

Located on the upper concourse, the Arena Club provides the optimum level of service and comfort. With an exclusive concourse area, complimentary food and beverage service and balcony views looking east toward Vaught-Hemingway Stadium the Arena Club offers an exceptional game-day hospitality experience.

Courtside Club

Offering the highest level of hospitality, the Courtside Club is the perfect place for families and friends to gather before, during and after the game. The Courtside Club features convenience dining in a relaxed and comfortable upscale atmosphere.

All-American Club

The All-American Club will offer one of the best gameday experiences at an Ole Miss Athletics event. Complete with full amenities included a private box area and locker space access, the All-American Club will offer a great experience for all basketball fans.

Why should I sign a Capital Gift Agreement (CGA) in the new arena?

First and foremost, by signing a CGA you will help play a significant role in the completion of the Forward Togethecampaign.  Also, signing a CGA is the only way to access premium seats in the new arena.  In addition, there are a number of great benefits to signing a CGA.

What are the benefits of signing a CGA?

  • Transferability – you can transfer your seats anytime during your 10 year seating term
  • Priority Points – you will receive25 bonus priority points by signing a CGA as well as 1 priority point per $100 contributed
  • Fixed Annual Donation- your per seat donation will be locked in through the 2024-25 season.  In addition, if you are in a non-premium area your per-seat donation will be less than those who did not make a CGA commitment
  • Guaranteed Seating Location – through the 2024-25 season (must meet all stated deadlines and financial requirements)
  • Initial Seat Selection Priority – those who sign a CGA will get to select their seats before non-CGA holders.  For more information on seating allocations, please click here.
  • Donor Recognition in Facility – all those who sign a CGA prior to the opening of the arena will be recognized on a CGA Wall in the facility.

What are seating options available in the new Arena?

The premium areas are the Floor Seats, All-American Club, Courtside Club, and Arena Club.  There are also seats available in the general bowl through the CGA.  For more information on seating options, please click here.

How do I obtain premium seats in the new arena?

You must make a CGA commitment in order to secure floor seats, loge box, courtside club, or arena club seats. None of these seats will be offered without a CGA. To make a CGA commitment, contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-816-2025.

I am not interested in premium seats in the new arena, is there any advantage for me signing a CGA?

Yes, for general non-premium arena seats it is still very beneficial to sign a CGA. CGA members will get to pick their seats in the new arena before non-CGA members. In addition, as a CGA member your per-seat annual donation will be locked in for the entire duration of your seating term. Also, your location will be guaranteed and your per-seat donation will be less than non-CGA members. For specific per-seat pricing please click here.

I signed a Capital Gift Agreement for seats in the new arena. When will I be able to select my actual seats?

As the seating bowl design is completed we will notify those who have signed a CGA of the process for selecting seats.

How will seats be allocated in the new arena?

Seats will be allocated based on priority points. For more information on the allocation process, click here.

What if I do not sign a CGA for seats in the new arena?

Non-CGA members will pick their seats in the new arena after CGA members have selected their seats. Selection will be based on availability. However, you will not have the benefits of a CGA member which includes transferability, seating location guarantee, and a fixed annual per-seat donation.

Can I schedule a meeting with someone to discuss my CGA?

Yes. We are always willing to sit down with anyone to discuss their CGA and ways to contribute to the Forward Together campaign. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm and any of our representatives would be willing to speak with you. We also have representatives traveling the region if it would be more beneficial to set up a face-to-face meeting. Please let us know what works for you, and we will make the necessary accommodations. You may also reach us by calling 662-915-7159 or speak now live with a representative using our online chat, CLICK HERE.

All-American Club

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As part of the Forward Together campaign, Vaught-Hemingway stadium will be expanded and enhanced.  The expansion will include the addition of suites and club seats, as well as the bowling in of the north endzone.  The goal of the north endzone expansion will be to create an impressive north entry point to Hollingsworth Field – A true connection to the historic Grove as part of our “front door” vision. While there are many details to complete – we are focused on finishing these projects as soon as possible. The stadium enhancements include improvements to the concourses, concession areas, and restrooms of the stadium.  In addition, the premium areas will continue to be improved.   The renovation of the sidelines and addition of the field suites has already been completed for the 2013 season.  All of these upgrades will be completed to improve the ascetics of Vaught Hemingway Stadium and enhance the gameday experience for our fans.

New Suite Expansion

Suites will be part of the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium expansion. Currently we are undergoing a feasibility study to determine where the suites will go (north or south endzones). We anticipate the suites will have the same design and square footage as the suites that currently exist in the south endzone and can be built as early as the 2015 season assuming demand is met. Currently we have sold over 25 suites, with a projected 30-35 suites depending on demand. The CGA for a new suite will be $100,000 (same as the south suites) and if interested, you can contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159 for more information.

Why should I sign a Capital Gift Agreement (CGA) in Vaught Hemingway Stadium?

First and foremost, by signing a CGA you will help play a significant role in the completion of the Forward Together campaign.  Also, signing a CGA is the only way to access the best seats in Vaught Hemingway Stadium.  In addition, there are a number of great benefits to signing a CGA 

What are the benefits of signing a CGA?

  • Transferability – you can transfer your seats anytime during your 10 year seating term
  • Priority Points – you will receive 25 bonus priority points by signing a CGA as well as 1 priority point per $100 contributed
  • Fixed Annual Donation - your per seat donation will be locked in through the 2024 season. Guaranteed Seating Location – through the 2024 season (must meet all stated deadlines and financial requirements)
  • Seat Selection Priority - those who sign a CGA will get to select their seats before non-CGA members
  • Donor Recognition in Facility  - all those who sign a CGA will be recognized in the expansion of Vaught Hemingway Stadium

What sections of Vaught Hemingway Stadium are affected by the Capital Gift Agreements?

Seats in sections D, E, F, O, Rebel Club, South Club, South Suites, West Skyboxes, West Chairback, Sideline Chariback, and East Benchback. In order to guarantee seating in any of these sections for the 2015 season moving forward you must sign a CGA.

What are the required CGA and annual donations?

For a list of CGA and annual donation amounts, please click here

When are CGA donations due?

Anyone who signed a CGA before the original deadline are currently on a 4 year payment plan, with 25% due July 1 of 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Anyone who signs a new CGA going forward will be on a 3 year plan, with 33% of the total pledge due when the CGA is signed, and 33% due by July 1 of 2014, and 2015. We will be happy to work with you to create a flexible donation schedule that works best for you. 

When are annual per-seat donations due?

Our annual per-seat donation deadline is April 30th. Annual renewal forms are mailed in March. 

I am interested Rebel Club and/or South Club seats. Are they available?

The Rebel Club and South Club are both currently sold out. To be placed on the waiting list please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159. 

I am interested in a West Skybox, are they available?

Skyboxes are currently sold out. To be placed on the waiting list please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159.

I am interested in a South Suite, are they available?

South Suites are currently sold out. To be placed on the waiting list please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159. 

Can I make a commitment for a new suite at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium as part of the stadium expansion? Where will the suites be located?

Suites are available as part of expansion of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. If you are interested in a suite please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159. The exact location of the new suites has not yet been determined. 

I am interested in club seats as part of the stadium expansion, can I sign a CGA for these seats?

We have not yet finalized the club seating options as part of the stadium expansion. The final plans will come in the following months. If you are interested in receiving information when the plans have been finalized please contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159. 

How can I see what seats are available through a CGA for the 2015 season?

To view a seating map with available seating locations, click here. To make a commitment to a CGA and secure your seats for the 2015 season contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159. 

I currently sit in a non CGA section and want to keep my seating location, am I required to sign a CGA?

If you are currently in a non CGA Section (A,B,C,G,H,J,K,L,M,N,P,Q,R,S, South Endzone or North Endzone) you can maintain your seating location as long as you meet all annual season ticket and annual donation deadlines. You do not have to sign a CGA to keep your location. Per-seat donations in these non-CGA sections will increase in 2015 and are not guaranteed for a 10-year term like the CGA sections are. For a list of 2015 per-seat annual donations please click here.

I currently sit in a non CGA section but I am interested in moving to a CGA section for the 2015 season. How can I secure seats?

To view a seating map with available seating locations click here. To make a commitment to a CGA and secure your seats for the 2015 season contact the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159.

I currently sit in a CGA Section but I do not want to sign a CGA, what are my options?

You can remain in your current location through the 2014 season as long as you meet the season ticket and annual donation deadlines. If you do not sign a CGA you will be re-seated in 2015, and will be able to select your new seats online in the summer of 2015. The only way to guarantee seating in a CGA section is to sign a CGA. 

I participated in the Forward Together campaign through the CGA program. How will I get the seats I selected?

Donors who executed and made the donation associated with their Capital Gift Agreement have been assigned a seating location for the 2015 season. During the spring of 2015, they will be sent an invoice for their new seating location and have right of first refusal to purchase seats in their new location provided they meet all stated deadlines.

If make the Campaign Gift required for seats, how long will I be able to sit in those seats?

Those who participated in the CGA program are guaranteed the same seating location for 10 years (through the 2024 season) provided they meet all stated deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines and financial commitments may result in loss of seats. Another benefit of the Capital Gift Agreement is the assurance that per-seat donations in the Sections D, E, F, O, all clubs, suites and skyboxes, chair backs and bleachers with backs will not change during the ten-year period. Non CGA sections may see periodic increases in annual per-seat contributions. 

What happens after the 10 year term is over on the seating option I select?

The term you are given for your selected seating option gives you the right to renew those seats for that term. What happens after the term expires is not defined at this time, and will not be defined until those dates approach. 

When will I have to pay the new Annual Contribution for the seats I select?

The new annual per-seat contributions will take effect for seats purchased for the 2015 football season.

How will parking change in the future?

While it is impossible to predict changes to the campus buildings and parking lots in the future, we know that parking will be subject to changes in the coming years. The policy of requiring a parking pass to gain access to campus parking will remain unchanged as it was undertaken to improve safety, access for those who need additional assistance and improve post-game traffic flow. At the same time, we will build a new parking garage in conjunction with construction of the new basketball arena and regain the parking lot on the east side of the IPF. As other, smaller, construction projects are completed, we anticipate gaining parking in some locations and losing parking in other locations. 

Can I schedule a meeting with someone to discuss my CGA?

Yes. We are always willing to sit down with anyone to discuss their CGA and ways to contribute to the Forward Together campaign. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm and any of our representatives would be willing to speak with you. We also have representatives traveling the region if it would be more beneficial to set up a face-to-face meeting. Please let us know what works for you, and we will make the necessary accommodations. You may also reach us by calling 662-915-7159 or speak now live with a representative using our online chat, CLICK HERE.

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