Last Updated on July 29, 2023
Ole Miss Football has officially returned home to the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center after an eighteen-month, $45.7 million renovation.
The ambitious revamp, carried out under the banner of the Champions. Now. campaign, kicked off in January 2022. The result? A significant expansion of the facility from 181,500 square feet to a now 221,000 square foot space thanks to the addition of a second story. But that’s just the beginning of the changes.
New cutting-edge interactive enhancements include 507 square feet of video walls. Alongside these, countless other modern amenities have been thoughtfully integrated to deliver a premium experience for the Rebel student-athletes.
“This facility project is a big step for our program in regards to equipping our players with the best experience and resources while showing recruits our university’s commitment to football success,” said Rebel head coach Lane Kiffin. “We appreciate our athletics administration, campus leaders, donors and countless others for their investment in our program, and we look forward to utilizing this facility in our pursuit of championships.”
Check out the drone tour below to check out visuals of the facility.
As you step inside the revamped Williams-Reed Foyer, you’re greeted with a grand display of the program’s storied tradition. The Walk of Champions and powerful visuals pay homage to the team’s illustrious history. The Crunk Grill at 1810 also remains in the space.
The Ole Miss athletes will now train in the spacious 12,000-square-foot Ririe Family Weight Room, which includes a cardio mezzanine, yoga/pilates space, and the latest in state-of-the-art technology. The expanded training room, covering 7,000 square feet, boasts a host of additional recovery benefits, such as hydrotherapy chambers, massage therapy facilities, compression units, and even a sensory deprivation tank. The focus on health and wellness extends to concussion rehabilitation technology and dedicated counseling spaces for mental health and nutrition consultations.
The Van Devender Family Foundation Locker Room, now an impressive 9,000 square feet, has undergone a complete makeover. Among its new features are a barber shop, hydro tanks, plunge pools, and a players’ lounge with a fueling station.
Student athletes will also enjoy a video game lounge and a social media workroom, along with a fully equipped photo/video studio and an NIL meeting space.
The coaching staff gets a little something too with brand new office spaces. Separate meeting rooms, named after the McRight family, complement the existing Burns Team Meeting Room. Office layouts cater to offensive, defensive, and analytics units, and the head coach’s office received a stylish renovation. The recruiting space gets a dedicated theater room, named in honor of the Moore family, adding to the celebration of Ole Miss Football.
The equipment area has also been expanded to accommodate the team’s gear and now features an impressive gear display room. And in a nod to the ever-growing media presence in sports, a new ESPN/SEC Network bureau cam room has been thoughtfully installed.
“The new Manning Center is another example of our commitment to providing our student-athletes and coaches with the resources necessary to compete at a championship level,” Keith Carter said, Ole Miss Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics. “We want to thank our partners ICM and CDFL/HOK for their dedication and great work on this project. The Ole Miss family continues to step up in a big way financially to help make facility vision like this come to life, and we could not be more grateful for their unyielding support in this and other ventures. Most of all, we are excited to reopen a first-class facility that bears the Manning name, and we want it to be a source of great pride for Olivia, Archie and the rest of the family.”