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Gillom renovation part of upcoming projects

Ole Miss will soon begin work to renovate one of its athletic facilities and is also working with the city of Oxford to start building another.

A year-long project to touch up the Gillom Sports Center will begin at the end of May, athletic director Ross Bjork said. The 54,142 square-foot facility, which opened in 1997, houses offices and locker rooms for the rifle, soccer, softball and volleyball teams, contains three indoor tennis courts and is used to play home volleyball matches, but Bjork said the team will move to the Pavilion for next season.

“We’re redoing that whole building,” Bjork said.

Bjork said the renovations will cost approximately $11.5 million. The facility, which was dedicated in honor of former Ole Miss women’s basketball standouts Peggie and Jennifer Gillom in 2000, is located near the school’s intramural fields on Hathorn Road just off of Highway 6.

Ole Miss is also “moving forward” with the city to build an indoor tennis complex with plans to break ground on the new facility in the fall, Bjork said.

The complex, which will be paid for by the school, will be built next to the Oxford Activity Center on the corner of Price Street and Molly Barr Road. Though a final budget hasn’t been set, Bjork estimated the project will cost anywhere from $5 million to $8 million.

“That will be a city-run facility with access for Ole Miss athletics,” Bjork said. “We’re going to build it and we’re going to pay for it on city property and then really give it to the city to operate, but we’ll have access to it. It’s going to be a great arrangement. The city’s excited about it.”