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Tom Ward releases book on the history of The Grove

Every Ole Miss home game, at least in a world without COVID-19, thousands and thousands of football fans gather in the 10-acre green patch, known as The Grove, on the university’s campus in Oxford.

There’s no atmosphere like it across all of college football. Of course, Rebel fans are adept to days in The Grove filled with good food, drink, and even better camaraderie, however, visiting fans come to Oxford and are absolutely encapsulated by the nation’s top tailgating experience.

Alabama native and author Tom Ward is a prime example of that. Ward, who attended the University of Alabama, made his first trip to The Grove when he was in college. Now, a few decades later, three of Ward’s children have attended Ole Miss and he currently resides in Oxford.

On yesterday’s episode of Good Things with Rebecca Turner, Ward introduced his new book, The Grove: The Story of Family, Fables, Food, Fashion and Football.

“Through the years, I have been taking the kids to The Grove for ballgames and absolutely fell in love with the university as so many people do,” Ward said in the interview. “I was looking for my next project, and low and behold, it was right in front of me…A place that I have enjoyed visiting and just been enthralled with for a couple of decades actually became the next project.”

To hear Ward talk more about his book, which highlights how The Grove is bigger than football, check out the video below.

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