According to Board of Curators documents obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune, the University of Missouri will seek approval for $72 million in facility upgrades to not only Memorial Stadium, but other venues on and around campus. In addition, the University has called a press conference for 4 p.m. Tuesday, to announce a major private donation.
A majority of the funds will be used to add onto the east side of the football stadium, which calls for 5,200 seats to be added as well as 800-900 “premium” seats. The estimated cost is $46 million. In addition to east side expansion, there is a $9.75 million request to turn a portion of the current press area on the west side into luxury suites and expand one of the top decks for additional media space.
There are six other projects that will each cost less than $5 million:
–Expand and move Memorial Stadium’s north concourse closer to the field to allow extra space for fans and/or future seating. The hill with the rock “M” could be moved closer to the field.
–Improvements and repairs will be made to seating.
–Renovate the baseball facility with upgrades to lockers, and add a player’s lounge. Box seats will be added at Taylor Stadium.
–Expand and improve seating at the softball stadium, build an indoor hitting and infield facility and improve bathrooms and concessions.
–Expand and upgrade the tennis facility.
–Upgrades for the golf program at The Club at Old Hawthorne, which include a team clubhouse and instructional facility.
The estimated timetable to finish Memorial Stadium upgrades will be phased in between fall of 2013 through the fall of 2015.