The Ole Miss athletic department announced Tuesday that tailgating in the Grove is expected to have a full and normal return for the 2021 football season after the bar on tailgating activities in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus.
While full details have not yet been announced, this continues the trend towards a full reopening across the nation by next football season with the news coming off the heels of the NCAA, MLB, and NBA lifting capacity restrictions in many areas.
The full press release can be read at https://olemisssports.com/news/2021/6/1/football-ole-miss-reopening-grove-for-tailgating-in-fall.aspx.
An excerpt can be read below.
As Ole Miss fans make their preparations for the 2021 football season, tailgating can be included in those plans, as the university confirms its intent to reopen The Grove in the fall.
The Grove is expected to operate as it did prior to the pandemic. Specific details will be announced closer to the season.
“With its pageantry, hospitality and pure joy, there is no place on earth like The Grove, and as our lives return to normal, there is nothing that will give me more pleasure than to officially welcome Rebel Nation back to the greatest patch of grass in sports,” said Keith Carter, Ole Miss Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics. “With the unique tailgating atmosphere of The Grove and our new partnership with REVELXP to advance the experiences in and around Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, fall Saturdays at Ole Miss are going to be even more memorable.
“We’ve always said gamedays at Ole Miss are family reunions, and we can’t wait to have our family back together again this fall.”
A 10-acre plot in the center of the Oxford campus, The Grove produces one of the most unique experiences in sports. The Sporting News ranked it among college football’s greatest traditions and described The Grove as “the Holy Grail of tailgating sites.” In listing America’s top sports colleges, Sports Illustrated named Ole Miss the nation’s No. 1 tailgating school.