A renovation is coming to Memorial Stadium, and the project will be larger than initially expected.
Missouri announced on Friday that the south end zone construction to Faurot Field will cost about $90-100 million, which is up from an original estimate of $75 million.
“As we’ve had the chance to roll our sleeves up and get further into the planning stages, we believe it’s a better option to take down the existing south bowl, rather than leaving the structure up and retrofitting around it,” Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement. “Our preliminary study suggested that if we go this route, we will have more premium seating opportunities, and it will give us the ability to provide more space for our football program and its daily operations. We’ve said all along that we are doing this with the intent of making it one of the best facilities in the nation, and that’s exactly what we’re planning.
“The added revenue we will be able to generate from having more premium seating space gives us the ability to benefit not only our football program with more space, but also to provide enhancements that will be exciting for our donors and fans.” Sterk said.
The construction is anticipated to take two years, and the process of selecting an architect and construction manager is underway. The project will be up for approval during February’s Missouri Board of Curators meeting. Should it be approved, a timeline for completion will become clearer.
The Tigers have received numerous donations toward the new facility, but there is still work to be done.
“The support we’ve had so far has been outstanding, as we’ve received a record six gifts of at least seven figures,” Sterk said. “It’s very encouraging, but we are still working hard. We have had some promising conversations with potential contributors, and we hope to continue making those exciting gift announcements going forward.”
The renovation will include coaches offices and meeting spaces, an equipment room, locker room, team lounge, team meeting rooms with virtual reality simulation, a training room with virtual reality simulation and a weight room.
Also included will be field level club area seating, a private club with seating, suites, 5,000 new seats closer to the field, a new concourse, new restrooms and concession areas and a new south end scoreboard display.
“We talk all the time about building a championship-level program, and this is a vital part of that vision,” Coach Barry Odom said in a statement. “It’s exciting to be part of this process, we’re creating something that will transform our facilities for years to come,” Odom said. “I can’t thank our donors enough for their amazing generosity so far, and I’m confident that they’ll help us reach our goals.”
Check out some rendering of the new facility:
"We talk all the time about building a championship-level program, and this is a vital part of that vision." – @Coach_Odom
— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) December 16, 2016