A Lofty Lair
An upgraded Memorial Stadium greets football fans in 2014.
When Mizzou accepted in November 2011 the invitation to join the Southeastern Conference in 2012, administrators knew athletics facilities in Columbia would need upgrades to keep up with a new level of competition. Softball, golf, baseball and football facilities were targeted for improvements, and cranes and tractors began rolling in April 2013.
The $200 million project’s crown jewel is the new east tower at Memorial Stadium, a structure about two-and-a-half times the size of the west tower along Providence Road. Scheduled for completion in mid-to-late August in time for the Aug. 30 kickoff against South Dakota State, the $46 million addition will increase the stadium’s capacity from 71,004 to near 72,000.
The upgrades include:
• 1,200 outdoor premium seats, including 800 club seats and 400 loge box suites with a stadium-length club and full-service food and beverage amenities;
• 4,400 upper deck seats (bench seats with backs), the construction of which subtracted some lower bowl seating;
• Truman’s Terrace, a premium tailgating area south of Faurot Field incorporated into the enclosed stadium where food and beverages can be purchased within, but not taken outside of, the area;
• An expanded concourse, expanded restrooms and concession areas, a new ticket office location, increased points of entry and additional lighting.