Mississippi by Air: Memorial Stadium

MISSISSIPPI MEMORIAL STADIUM, JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI . . . . Completed in 1961--one of the most modern stadiums in the country--with 46,000 seating capacity--3 level press box--ample parking facilities--8 restrooms--10 ticket booths--the newest stadium lighting system for night performances. Host to football games, concerts, church services, and other statewide activities.

MISSISSIPPI MEMORIAL STADIUM, JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI . . . . Completed in 1961–one of the most modern stadiums in the country–with 46,000 seating capacity–3 level press box–ample parking facilities–8 restrooms–10 ticket booths–the newest stadium lighting system for night performances. Host to football games, concerts, church services, and other statewide activities.



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  1. Not that it would be of any particular interest to anyone but me and other family members, but this stadium is a part of my grandfather’s legacy as a Hinds County supervisor (Edwin F. “Buck” Ragan) – from the western (Edwards/Bolton) seat. He died in 1962, and the fact that my grandmother (Anna Ragan) stepped into the post and was re-elected provided great inspiration for my other-than-housewife career.

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  2. The original stadium was started in the early 1950’s,but was never completed. I attended a game there with my parents about 1952 when the original stadium was about one half complete. It sat like that for years. Not sure what the problem was, but I think the original construction was eventually torn down and an entirely new stadium built. Since then my wife and I have attended many great college games there through the years when UM and MSU played a lot of their home games at Memorial Stadium. Among the great games there were when UM upset Alabama during Manning’s first year, it was the first Ole Miss victory over Bama in in 60 years. The next year OM defeated 3 undefeated top ten teams there, Georgia, LSU, and Tennessee in the famous ‘Mules’ game. OM also defeated Notre Dame there in 1977 in a year when the Irish were National Champs. I am afraid the Stadiums days are numbered as other powerful interest greedily eye this well located piece of real estate.

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  3. Look how neat everything is…the parking, the grounds, etc. No litter (yet), No garish tailgating tents, etc. There’s even room for more cars in the north parking lot!

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