The University of Missouri is continuing to pursue a Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium renovation project, which will be considered by a university board this week.
Mizzou has called for Memorial Stadium’s south end to be renovated to include a new training facility. Along with the facility, the project would bring new general admission and premium seating to Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium as well as modernized concessions and concourses.
In what would be a major step for the proposal, Mizzou is proposing that Populous be awarded the design contract. That matter will be considered by the Missouri Board of Curators on Thursday, possibly allowing the contract to be finalized this week. More from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Though the curators are only voting Thursday to approve the architect, the measure is expected to generate more dialogue than typical for an athletics funding project, especially in the wake of Gov. Eric Greitens’ plans to cut state funding for the UM system. One university source expected the measure to eventually pass but not without thorough discussion.
MU is proposing approval for the hiring of Populous, Inc., a Kansas City architectural firm, to design the facility. Poulous has handled similar football facilities at Colorado, Kansas State and Oklahoma.
As noted in the board’s meeting agenda, the complete project has a total budget of $96.7 million. The design contract would be paid for by $4.31 million in private gifts. If it receives the proper layers of approval, Mizzou could complete the rebuild of the south end by the summer of 2019.
Rendering courtesy Mizzo athletics.