Ole Miss isn't typically mentioned when you're talking about truly elite athletic facilities and/or attendance. Sure, Vaught-Hemingway is ok, but let's be honest: it doesn't really compare to the 100,000-plus at Kyle Field or Tiger Stadium. And while a major upgrade is on the horizon for Rebel hoops, for now we're stuck with the Tad Pad. We're not gonna talk about the Tad Pad.
But y'all, we know how to baseball. The final 2015 home attendance numbers are out, and Swayze ranks No. 2 in per-game (8,028) and No. 3 in total (240,849) crowds. Alex Box in Baton Rouge is No. 1, per usual, with Arkansas, Mississippi State and South Carolina rounding out the rest of the top five (SEC! SEC! SEC!).
Ole Miss had actually been slipping in recent years. After coming in at No. 2 in 2011, Swayze fell to fourth, fifth and fourth over the next three years. 2015 is the first time since 2011 that Swayze cracked the 8,000-per game mark.
And who knows, there may yet be more baseball to be played in Oxford this summer.
Here are the complete 2015 national attendance rankings: