University of Mississippi to Upgrade Sports Facilities

14 August 2011 (Last Updated August 14th, 2011 18:30)

The University of Mississippi is planning to build a new on-campus basketball arena and upgrade the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at a cost of $150m. The first phase of the project, which includes a 10,000-seat basketball arena which would replace the 9,061-seat Tad Smith Coliseum, is expect

The University of Mississippi is planning to build a new on-campus basketball arena and upgrade the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at a cost of $150m.

The first phase of the project, which includes a 10,000-seat basketball arena which would replace the 9,061-seat Tad Smith Coliseum, is expected to be complete by 2015-16.

The project will also include renovation of the concourse and premium seating in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The second phase of the programme will be carried out in the north end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, raising the capacity from about 62,000 seats to more than 70,000.