After years of planning, Mizzou Football will soon have a home of its own at Memorial Stadium.
The UM Board of Curators voted 9-0 Friday to approve a $98 million south end zone project overlooking Faurot Field. Mizzou Athletics says about $40 million for the improvements have already been privately raised, so a maximum of $57.2 million in bond monies will help fund the construction, which is expected to be complete by August 2019. Demolition of the current south end zone seating will begin following the 2017 season.
Once completed, the new building will be the home of Mizzou Football, housing coaches offices, team and staff locker rooms, weight and training rooms, and recruiting and meeting areas. The move will free up much-needed space in the Missouri Athletics Training Center that has hosted the football team since the 1980’s. MU Athletics says once football moves out, the MATC will be repurposed to provide new support for all athletics programs.
The new 200,000-square foot facility will offer premium and suite amenities for fans, including a field-level club and separate indoor club area, and about 1,300 general seats for fans. A concourse will connect the East and West grandstands with concessions and areas for all fans to enjoy. New video boards will sit atop the south end structure.
Seating capacity at Memorial Stadium will be cut to about 61,000 as construction continues throughout 2018, with a final capacity at about 65,000 once the new south end zone is finished.