Sprucing Up the Place
A $30 million private gift initiates a $200 million athletic facilities improvement plan.
The west side press box renovation will move the existing press functions up to level six and upgrade level five to include premium seating options.
Just in time for its inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou Athletics received a $30 million gift from the Kansas City Sports Trust June 26, 2012. The funds initiate a $200 million facilities master plan scheduled for completion in 2015. Upgrades to Memorial Stadium (football), Taylor Stadium (baseball), University Field (softball), the Mizzou Tennis Complex and the Mizzou Golf Facility headline the project, and most of the construction is scheduled to begin after the 2012 football season.
The Mizzou golf team will enjoy new facilities at The Club at Old Hawthorne on East Highway WW in Columbia. Features include a players lounge, team and coach locker rooms, coaches offices, meeting rooms and storage. It is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.
Mizzou softball has become a perennial top 25 program, and the team will have the facilities to match in spring 2015. Expanded seating, a clubhouse and indoor batting cages top the list of improvements.
The 2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament champions are still enjoying the brand new indoor facilities in left field that opened before the 2010 season. The move to the SEC means the Tigers join the nation’s premier baseball conference, and the team will get an improved clubhouse with a team locker room, meeting rooms, coaches offices and a coaches locker room. Picnic tables along the third-base line will be replaced by a premium seating area.
Football is king in the SEC. To accommodate demand, Mizzou will add more than 5,000 general admission seats to Memorial Stadium’s east side, a club level with more than 1,000 seats, restrooms, concessions, club lounges and space to the main concourse.
To the north, the Rock M and berm will move closer to the end zone, placing the fans nearer to the action and expanding the north concourse. Upgrades also include structural repairs to Memorial Stadium.