Ole Miss helping baseball fans avoid Old Taylor Road
Construction along Highway 6 that has temporarily closed the exit leading to Old Taylor Road is an issue Ole Miss is helping its fans avoid with the Oxford Regional set to start Friday afternoon.
Titus Queen, the event manager for the regional, said there is an interactive map located on http://www.olemisssports.com/#00 that will help guide fans around the construction to parking areas located around Oxford-University Stadium.
The construction work was never going to prevent Ole Miss and Oxford from hosting the four-team, double-elimination regional, only make it a little tougher for fans to gain access to the stadium.
“There are still several ways to get in. We’ve tried to do as much as we can to get it out the community that the Hwy. 6-Old Taylor interchange is going to be down,” Queen said.
Lynette Johnson, Ole Miss Executive Associate Athletics Director, gave credit to Queen and Joe Swingle, Associate AD for facilities and game operations, for coming up with a plan well in advance of the regional being awarded Monday.
“Joe has been on top of that all along. They have a good plan. Highway 6 at Old Taylor Road is obviously a huge artery for us, but they’ll just re-route and bring everybody down so that you still can park at the MDOT lot,” Johnson said. “I think we’ll be alright. I think the fact that school isn’t in session, I think we’ll be able to manage it. Everyone is going to have to be patient and and understand that construction is progress.”
Johnson added that one of the big communication points is to remember that main area is not open and hasn’t been opened for three weeks, a fact that local residents who are baseball fans have grown accustomed to.
“It’s postseason play, it’s exciting and I don’t think this is going to deter 10,000 fans coming to Swayze Field,” Johnson said.