Ole Miss to bring $19 million renovation to baseball facilities

OXFORD, MS (WMC) - Ole Miss is planning a multi-million dollar renovation to breathe new life into Swayze Field, the school's baseball stadium.

The Rebels are preparing for a $19 million renovation.

"We're really excited, because it's taking our program to the next level," sophomore CF Ryan Olenek said. "We get to practice with all new equipment, all new buildings, facilities, and it will help us perform at a better level."

Swayze Field will begin renovation to help the baseball team get all of its training done under one roof.

"It's certainly going to make things easier on their day to day life," head coach Mike Bianco said.

The change should also save the players some time.

"We're on a very strict time schedule," Olenek said. "Once we're done here, we got to change and maybe have five minutes to change and then we got to get over there as fast as we can."

Swayze Field will receive a weight training room, seating behind home plate, and expanded pitching and hitting facilities.

Officials said the $19 million price tag will not be passed on to students, but rather taken from the university's athletic department and private donations.

"The new seating along with donations, when you put all that together, will be able to fund the project," Deputy Athletic Director Stephen Ponder said. "It wouldn't be tied to student fees in any way or tuition or anything like that."

The new facility is set to be complete by February 2018.

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