While college baseball season might be over, College Baseball Daily is keeping you covered by counting down the Top 10 Stadiums in the country. Each day we’ll have a different stadium, including the history and fun facts, until we reach the number one stadium in all of college baseball.Checking in at number 8 today is Ole Miss’ Oxford-University Stadium at Swayze Field.
On a list with five SEC schools, Swayze Field comes in low on the list, but still has a great deal of tradition attached to it. The field was originally opened in 1948 and expanded twice to accommodate 8,500 faithful Rebel fans. In left field, fans can enjoy Oakes Pavillion, which features picnic areas, grills, and a play area for children. The area can hold around 2,500 fans and has become a popular area for families and non-students. However, if you’re ever at Swayze Field for a game, the right field terrace is the place to be. The hill past the fence is the main area for students to gather and watch the game, drawing crowds of close to 4,000 on big weekends. Students get to the hill almost three hours before game time just to get a seat, and to take part in the traditions that Swayze Field holds. Students will scream at the opposing outfielders, give beer showers after home runs and walk off hits, and before the game starts, write messages on baseballs that the team throws into the area after warmups in between innings. Attendance has never been a problem for the Rebels, who ranked third with an average of almost 8,000 fans in the 2013 season. To accommodate the Rebs, Swayze Field underwent a renovation in 2007, and six years later, they recorded an attendance of 11,729 against Alabama. Even though Swayze Field offers great tradition in a city that is pretty cool, the Rebels still have to compete with the baseball field 150 miles away in Starkville.
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