Mississippi Rebels Football Tickets:
Are you ready for the hottest football action on this side of the country? Then you might be ready to catch the Mississippi Rebels when they defend their turf of Vaught Hemingway Stadium during all of their home games this season. The Ole Miss Rebels hit the field and make the fans cheer whenever the fight song plays for the boys in Red and Blue. Every hard-hitting defensive play and incredible breakout offensive drive brings the team closer to the hearts of their fans and earns them a place on the top list of fan-favorite teams. Even if you come to the game to cheer on the visiting team, you can’t deny that the Rebels fight hardest when their home stadium’s honor is at stake, which promises that your ticket will buy you a front-row seat to the best football action this side of Mississippi.
The University doesn’t just stand for a more welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, but it also stands for excellent football and every home game is a hard-fought battle for their visitors that only the strongest teams can hope to overcome. Head Coach Matt Luke is well into his third season with the team and it looks like he’s ready to improve and push the team for a stronger finish this season. But will the boys join the Landshark mascot in making chum of their competition? The only way to find out is to make sure that you come out to their home games.
So check out this website to see all of the upcoming battles that you can watch first hand and order your tickets to see some of the best college football on either side of the Mississippi River.
The Rebel Yell of a Historic Team
Playing for The University of Mississippi, The Ole Miss Rebels football team has always been at the forefront of athletic competition. They currently compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. Head Coach Matt Luke is currently in his third season leading the team. The team, founded in 1893, has had a history of reliable seasons, never quite hitting their stride until their first Southeastern Conference title in 1947. They would later go on to earn conference titles in 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, and 1963 as well as three national titles in 1959, 1960, and 1962. This makes the 50s and 60s the team’s strongest years as a team, though they did post their 600th win on September 27, 2008, against the Florida Gators with a nail-biting 31-30 point win. However, the team had 33 of their victories vacated by the NCAA as well as a two-year ban on the post-season play as a punishment for recruiting and academic violations under former head coaches Houston Nutt and Hugh Freeze.
These violations alleged that these coaches were unfairly farming talent by over-recruiting players or offering benefits and incentives for players to play for these teams. The results of these allegations and investigations, including the post-season play ban, also led to the Houston Nutt rule, where SEC teams were limited to recruiting 28 players with a hard limit of 25 allowed to enter in the fall.
But this investigation wasn’t the only source of controversy for the team, who had to deal with outcry during the American Civil Rights Movement when a 1962 race riot erupted following the admission of James Meredith, an African-American, to the segregated campus. The university was later integrated that same year, but the use of Confederate symbols and motifs, including the former Colonel Reb mascot, led to a lot of questions from alumni and students alike about how ‘integrated’ the university truly was. However, starting with the ban of Confederate flags in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 1997, the abandoning of the Colonel Reb mascot in 2003, and removing “Dixie” from the marching Band’s repertoire in 2016 has shown a different face to the university. Now, the university is said to be more open and inclusive while also accepting their past and history.
That’s why to this day many players are proud to fight for the Ole Miss Rebels football program.
Why Everyone Loves Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
The past three seasons have led to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium having 8 of their best 10 attendance records in history, with the 2016 season standing out for having no less than 64,232 in attendance, which is a few hundred fans larger attendance than the reported max capacity. While certainly not the largest stadium in NCAA football today, there’s something about Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that keeps fans combing back during every home game.
It could be as simple as the new HD Daktronics video board the stadium had installed during the 2008 season. The video board stands as the 8th largest scoreboard in NCAA college football, fourth in their conference, with an incredible 48ft by 84ft size. The video board cost the university $6 million which was paid for in full by Telesouth Communications as part of a multimedia rights agreement with the University. But even this video board was upgraded in 2016 with three new 13mm pixel HD Daktronics video boards. These video boards measure 48ft by 104.5ft for the north board and 30ft by 49ft for the south boards and offer fans an unmatched view of the action from every seat in the house.
The authorization of the sale of beer and hard-seltzer in the stadium was another addition well-loved by fans. The authorization came on October 19th of 2019 and debuted during their game against Texas A&M that weekend when the Rebs lost 24-17. Many fans joked that while the home team lost the game, everyone wins at a tailgate party, which kept the fans’ spirits high. Other upgrades and additions that draw in crowds include the grass replacement to AstroPlay in 2003 and a later switch to FieldTurf in 2009. Which makes it easier to maintain excellent field quality which also guarantees a better game day experience for the players and more excitement for fans.
But anyone who’s been to a Rebels game knows that the second star of the show is, undeniably, the marching band playing fight songs including “Forward March” to keep up the hype and energy no matter the score.
When you visit Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, what will be your favorite part of the experience?