Forward Together Campaign FAQ's
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 the new Pavilion at Ole Miss, Vaught Hemingway Stadium expansion and upgrades, the Manning Center 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 Pavilion?
We broke ground on the Pavilion at Ole Miss in the spring of 2014. We are well under way and our goal is to open the new arena no later than January of 2016 - In time for SEC play.
Where will the new Pavilion be located?
The new Pavilion 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 Pavilion changed?
The placement of the Pavilion 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. We have completed the design phase with AECOM, the architecture firm that we've hired to design the arena. These updated renderings are more final and we believe this is the best plan for our athletics facilities.
Will the new Pavilion include a parking garage?
Yes. A new five story parking garage - with 800 spaces serving the entire campus community - has been built on the south end of the Pavilion next to the football practice fields.
What will be the seating capacity of the new Pavilion?
The total capacity of the Pavilion will be 9,500.
What will happen to Tad Smith Coliseum?
Tad Smith Coliseum will continue to be used until the opening of the new Pavilion. Once the new Pavilion has been completed, Tad Smith will be torn down and the area will be converted into a green space.
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. These new suites and club seating are in the South endzone of Vaught Hemingway Stadium.
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.