In the coming months, the University of Kansas is expected to reveal more information about its planned overhaul to Memorial Stadium.
As it develops, the potential renovation of Memorial Stadium could become a notable development. The facility offers significant historical value–it first opened in 1921–and renovations at an estimated cost of $300 million would likely modernize several aspects of the facility.
University officials believe that an overhaul to Memorial Stadium would represent the next step in their effort to improve athletics facilities. According to athletics director Sheahon Zenger, progress on the effort to renovate the stadium continues, though more work remains. Per the KUSports.com, university officials are expecting that renderings of the planned renovations will be unveiled to the public this fall:
“We are ready for this. This is our all-encompassing campaign. This is what it’s all about. The endowment association is on board with us. But at the same time, this is really the beginning,” Zenger said. “There’s a lot of work to be done between here and there. There’s a lot of boxes to be checked on campus and then the state to make sure we’re doing things the right way. And so I can’t say a whole lot beyond that, other than just it’s a time that I’ve waited for and this athletic department’s waited for and certainly the football program.”
Architect renderings of the project initially were expected to be unveiled sometime in September. But though a September reveal still remains in play, it’s now possible the designs might not reach the public eye until October, a KU official told the Journal-World.
On WHB, Zenger didn’t divulge much about how the stadium, which opened in 1921, will look different in the near future.
Renovations are expected to bring changes to fan and player amenities, and have been reported to be scheduled over multiple phases.
Image courtesy University of Kansas.