July 26, 2013
BLOG: Preseason Practice Dates
OXFORD, Miss. - As preseason camp begins for Ole Miss' fall sports, fans should make their plans for "Meet The Rebels Day" Presented By Community Trust Bank set for August 17 at the Indoor Practice Facility on campus.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with two entrances available. Fans may park in the Coliseum lot and enter through the garage door at the south end of the IPF, or for those interested in seeing some of the recent renovations to the facility, fans can park in the West lot of the Stadium, enter through Gate 31 and walk through the team's gameday tunnel into the complex.
As the IPF opens, the Rebel soccer, volleyball, rifle and spirit squads will be greeting fans and signing autographs. Chick-fil-A will be providing concessions, and official team jerseys, media guides and other merchandise will be on sale.
New team posters will be handed out to fans, and a kids zone will be set up with inflatables and other games. In addition, representatives from Community Trust Bank will be on hand to interact with fans and promote their Community Hero of the Week program for this football season.
SuperTalk Mississippi, which will air locally on 93.7 and 105.5 FM, will broadcast live from the stage beginning at noon with an on-air team led by the "Voice of the Rebels" David Kellum.
Several Ole Miss coaches and administrators will be interviewed, beginning with Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze at 12:15 p.m. Other guests include Athletics Director Ross Bjork, Head Soccer Coach Matthew Mott, Head Volleyball Coach Joe Getzin, Head Rifle Coach Valerie Boothe and others.
Football coaches and players will be signing autographs and visiting with fans from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m., when the event comes to a close. Following the festivities, the volleyball team will be hosting the Red & Blue Scrimmage at 3 p.m. at the Gillom Sports Center.
Fans tweeting about their "Meet The Rebels Day" experience should use the hashtag #MTR13.
Unlike previous years, football practice will not be open to fans on "Meet The Rebels Day." Ole Miss is supporting area high schools by hosting a jamboree in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that weekend, and with construction limiting access, the practice areas are unable to safely host the expected MTR crowd on the sidelines. Ole Miss is in the midst of a $14 million renovation and expansion of its football facilities, which is being completed in phases with conclusion by early 2014.
Football practices will be open to the public from Monday, August 5 through Saturday, August 10. Follow @OleMissFB on twitter for daily updates on practice locations.