Missouri’s move to the SEC forced the Tigers to make a number of upgrades to their football program but none will be as big as the one the school is about to undertake over the next few years.
According to a school release, the university’s Board of Curators unanimously approved the construction of a new $98 million football facility and expansion of Memorial Stadium’s south end zone on Friday.
“Missouri is making a bold statement with today’s announcement and I am confident that it not only will pay big dividends in recruiting, but it will help improve our game-day atmosphere throughout the stadium,” head coach Barry Odom said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get the shovels in the ground and get going. I am thankful to lead the Mizzou Football program and represent our University and State, and am pleased we have undertaken a project of this stature.”
Construction is expected to start next year and be completed in time for the 2019 season at Faurot Field. The plans call for 16 new suites, a “750-person field-level club similar to AT&T Stadium,” new video boards, concourses, and a 200,000 square foot football facility. Memorial Stadium’s capacity is set to decrease as a result of the project from the currently listed 71,168 to a little more manageable 65,000. School officials say they have already collected some $50 million in pledges for the project so far.
The renderings for the project (see above) look pretty slick and certainly will help the Tigers compete on the facilities front in the SEC.