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Ole Miss Softball Complex

Ole Miss Softball Complex

The Ole Miss Softball Complex has been the home for the Rebel softball team for nearly the entirety of the program, bringing in thousands of fans over the years to Oxford. When the University first started its fastpitch program in 1997, it opened with no venue of its own as the team competed at the city softball fields. But, a year later, that changed as the Rebels opened up the Ole Miss Softball Complex in 1998, and have called it home ever since. A venue that hosted the 2011 SEC Softball Championship, the complex features an outfield terrace behind the left field wall similar to the outfield seating at Swayze Field where the Ole Miss baseball team competes. In preparation for the league championship in 2011, upgrades were made to include the outfield terrace, as well as a grilling area, pavilion and a camera platform in center field. Other improvements at the time included a new LED video board and scoreboard, but that has since been replaced prior to the 2016 season by a state-of-the art board that ranks as one of the biggest and brightest in college softball. 

A $1.2 million renovation project completed in the spring of 2006 included a new indoor hitting/practice facility, a new press box, refurbished dugouts, new video and audio systems, a brick facade lining the grandstands, new lighting, new fencing and netting and a central seating section with chair-back seats. 

After a record-setting year in 2016 in both season attendance and single-game marks, the Rebels again saw record numbers in 2017. In terms of total season attendance, the Rebels finished just shy of the 2016 mark of 13,506, with 13,333 fans in 2017. All four of the SEC weekend series in 2017 made the top-10 list for series attendance records, and Ole Miss saw three-straight record crowds in the postseason, and five that rank on the top-10 home crowd list. After a run as the SEC Tournament Champions, the Rebels hosted their first ever NCAA Regional in Oxford, and closed it with a record crowd of 1,709 fans against North Carolina on May 21. The Friday night crowd of 1,677 vs. Southern Illinois stands as the second-highest attendance in school history, and Saturday's figure of 1,539 is third-best. In terms of weekend series, the SEC opener with Texas A&M saw 2,533 fans cross through the gates, which stands as fourth-best in program history. The LSU, Kentucky and Alabama series' all fall in order with 1,600-plus at each weekend, putting all four SEC series' in the top-10 of series attendance records.

In 2016, in what was Ole Miss' first NCAA Tournament apperance, the Rebels shattered the previous season record of 7,529 with 13,506 fans across 29 home games. Three of the single-game crowds from 2016 still remain in the top-10 list of biggest home crowds, including the Saturday game of the Tennessee series, which saw 1,410 fans. The other two figures come from the Florida series, with 1,342 that ranks fifth-best, and 1,267 that ranks seventh all-time.

 

TOP 10 HOME CROWDS
# Attendance Opponent Date
1 1,709 North Carolina May 21, 2017
2 1,677 Southern Illinois May 19, 2017
3 1,539 No. 22 Arizona State May 20, 2017
4 1,410 No. 9 Tennessee May 7, 2016
5 1,342 No. 2 Florida April 9, 2016
6 1,292 No. 2 Tennessee April 20, 2013
7 1,267 No. 2 Florida April 10, 2016
8 1,188 No. 13 Alabama April 29, 2017
9 1,061 No. 2 Tennessee April 21, 2013
10 1.049 No. 11 LSU April 15, 2017

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