The Board of Trustees approves a resolution for the Mizzou Memorial Football Stadium renovation project
street. Louis – The University of Missouri Board of Trustees has passed a resolution for Mizzou Athletics to begin renovations at Memorial Stadium, including the redevelopment of the football stadium’s north concourse along with other facility improvements and new fan amenities.
The resolution was passed during Thursday’s executive session of the UM Board of Trustees meeting at the University of Missouri-St. Lewis authorizes the University to issue a Request for Qualification (RFQ) to select an architectural and engineering firm to serve as a consultant for the project.
University of Missouri President Moon Choi appointed an architectural selection committee, chaired by University of Missouri Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois, to recommend an architectural firm to design the project and meet budget and schedule requirements. Following approval by President Choi and agreed upon financial terms, the Athletics Department is expected to submit the company for Board approval no later than January 10, 2024. MU is expected to report to the Board of Directors on or before its meeting in April. November 18, 2024, to provide pre-design programming and planning for Memorial Stadium improvements, including project scope, budget and fundraising plans.
“As the Board of Trustees continues to evaluate facility projects across Mizzou Sports Park, this Memorial Stadium project is an opportunity to build on the momentum Mizzou Athletics has achieved and allows the university to enhance one of our signature facilities,” Mizzou University Board of Trustees President Michael Williams said. “We look forward to working alongside campus and athletics leadership to reconfigure the North Concourse and develop other needed improvements to Memorial Stadium.”
“We are building a culture of championship at Mizzou, and this Memorial Stadium project is an exciting development that will continue to elevate the national brand of Mizzou athletics and demonstrate the university’s investment in the future of the athletics department,” President Choi said. “This unique project has the potential to create new year-round connections with the community for the university to further engage the region, the state and our 362,000 alumni.”
Under coach Eli Drinkwitz, the Tigers are 8-2 this season and are ranked ninth in the College Football Playoff rankings. And on Saturday, Mizzou will host its fifth straight sold-out game for the first time since 1980. The Tigers host Florida in their home finale on Saturday at 6:30 PM on ESPN.
“The 2023 Mizzou football season showcased the tremendous game day atmosphere and amazing fan support we have at Memorial Stadium,” Reed Francois said. “We appreciate the support and guidance provided by our Board of Trustees and President Choi to ensure that Mizzou Football provides a first-class experience for our team, students and loyal fans. We look forward to developing further programming plans for Memorial Stadium but rest assured, the historic Rock M located behind the north end zone will be preserved In its traditional place at Faurot Field.”
“Thank you to the Board of Trustees, President Choi and Desiree Reid-Francois for their continued investment in our football program,” Drinkwitz said. “Memorial Stadium has been packed all season with five straight sellouts and we look forward to developing the north end zone along with other stadium improvements. This is an important step forward for the overall experience for our fans, players and recruits on game day. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Mizzou football team.” foot.”
Mizzou has begun the process of installing a new expanded north video board with an upgraded sound system at Memorial Stadium for the 2024 season. The current video board has been in place since the 2009 season.
Memorial Stadium was built in 1926 and over the past century has undergone a series of expansions and renovations, most recently the addition of the South End District Complex in 2019.
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