Missouri has received another large donation for a new south end zone facility at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field.
On Monday afternoon, Missouri’s athletics department announced that it had received its ninth, seven-figure gift toward the facility, which is slated to open before the 2019 football season. An anonymous donor made a $2 million gift last Friday.
Here’s more from a school release.
“With the Board of Curators approving Populous as the facility’s architect and the continued generosity of our donors, there continues to be tremendous momentum for this facility which is so important to the long-term future of Mizzou Athletics, and in particular our football program” said Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. “We are so grateful for the donors who continue to come forward with transformational gifts to help make this a reality for our student-athletes, staff and fans.”
This gift marks the project’s ninth, seven-figure gift in the past eight months, which is a fiscal year record for Mizzou Athletics (the previous high was six such gifts). To date, more than $46 million has been secured in private donations for the new facility.
“We’re really excited to continue the momentum from our donors, and coming on the heels of the Board’s action last week, this is great news,” said Mizzou Head Football Coach Barry Odom. “We are very grateful to the Board of Curators for their support of this project, and I’m looking forward to working with the Populous team as we design a facility that will be one of the best in the country.”
Missouri was 4-8 in its 2016 football season with a 2-6 record in the SEC.
Last week, the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the hiring of an architect for the project by a 5-1 vote.
Memorial Stadium opened in 1926 and has seen numerous upgrades has happened in recent years. The playing surface is called Faurot Field to honor former Tigers football Don Faurot.
The south end zone area had been open for years before grandstands and video scoreboards were added. The north end zone is best known for its grass expanse containing a large block-letter M.
The south-end renovation will include a training facility for the Tigers football team.