On January 7, 2016, BL Harbert International announced its ahead-of-schedule completion of construction at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. The facility received the Certificate of Occupancy on January 6, 2016, five weeks ahead of schedule and under budget.
The 228,000-square-foot, 9,500-seat basketball arena hosted a series of events last weekend. The Pavilion features the largest center-hung video display board in college sports. Premier locker room suites for the men’s and women’s basketball team are housed in the facility. A concourse, featuring a variety of popular restaurants, is another highlight in the Pavilion.
“…When I came in on Monday night, I was really blown away with how nice it was. I always had confidence that it was going to be built to the Ole Miss standard. I always had confidence that it was going to be so much nicer than what we were leaving just based on it being new and fresh. But I was honestly overwhelmed with the scope of this experience,” Stated Coach Andy Kennedy during an interview with Laura Rutledge.
Doors opened for the first game in The Pavilion on Thursday, January 7, and the Ole Miss Men’s Basketball team beat the University of Alabama 74-66.
On Saturday, January 9, a formal ribbon cutting was held at the main entrance of The Pavilion. Following the ceremony, the Men’s Basketball team beat the University of Georgia 72-71.