MIZZOU

SOUTH END ZONE PROJECT

Mizzou Athletics is pleased to announce unanimous approval of construction for a new football facility behind the South end zone of Memorial Stadium.

Projected Completion: August 30, 2019

PREMIUM SEATING OPPORTUNITIES

Suites

16 suites

Club Seats

1,300 club seats

Touchdown Club

A field-level Touchdown Club

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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Dr. Alexander Cartwright

"This project would not be possible without the generosity of our donors, and we are very grateful for their support of Mizzou. As an SEC institution, this project will allow us to remain competitive in the top athletic conference in the country. Athletics continues to be one avenue that brings our campus together and to inform people across the nation about the quality of education and the opportunities that are available to students who choose to make MU their academic home."

Dr. Alexander Cartwright
University of Missouri Chancellor
Jim Sterk

"This is a great day for Mizzou Athletics, and in particular Tiger Football, and we are thankful that our vision for this state-of-the-art building has been embraced by our donors who have come alongside us to help make this project a reality, as well as the Board of Curators, President Choi, Chancellor Cartwright and senior campus leaders. Providing outstanding facilities is paramount to a championship student-athlete experience in today's environment, and this facility will help ensure the long-term academic and on-field success of Mizzou Football."

"Our goal is to build one of college football's premier facilities for our student-athletes and coaches to utilize on a daily basis, and we are confident that we can achieve that within the project's budget and scope," he added. "When this facility is completed, not only will it be an incredible asset in recruiting, but our expectations are that it will enhance the game-day environment for our fans at Memorial Stadium, too."

Jim Sterk
Director of Athletics
Barry Odom

"I deeply appreciate each of the donors who have stepped forward to make this happen for Mizzou Football and the Board of Curators' approval of this facility. I believe that this facility will have a lasting impact on our football program for the next 40 years, if not longer; it's that impactful."

"Missouri is making a bold statement with today's announcement and I am confident that it not only will pay big dividends in recruiting, but it will help improve our game-day atmosphere throughout the stadium," he added. "I can't wait to get the shovels in the ground and get going. I am thankful to lead the Mizzou Football program and represent our University and State, and am pleased we have undertaken a project of this stature."

Barry Odom
Head Football Coach

Memorial Stadium History

Blueprints

1925

Blueprints are drawn up for a stadium to replace Rollins Field, then the home of the Tigers. The bottom inscription of the image reads, "PORTION SHOWN IN RED PROPOSED TO BE BUILT AT PRESENT TIME."

Groundbreaking

December, 1925

Ground is broken for the stadium. It was carved out of a sizeable natural valley that lay between twin bluffs south of the campus.

Construction

Oct. 2, 1926

Stadium dedicated as "Memorial Stadium" in memory of the 112 Missouri graduates and students who died in World War I. Mizzou and Tulane played to a scoreless tie on a field that was a muddy disaster due to torrential rains that drenched the Columbia area prior to the game. The field was built with a 440-yard track encircling it.

Oct. 1, 1927

The landmark Rock ‘M’ debuts at Memorial Stadium after members of the freshman class construct it with leftover rocks from the stadium project. The monument stood 90 feet wide by 95 feet high and has watched over the field ever since that day, when Mizzou defeated Kansas State, 13-7.

1948 vs. SMU

Summer, 1949

Memorial Stadium undergoes its first expansion as 5,000 seats are added to the center section of the west stands, increasing the number of rows from 40 to 78. Also built was a new press box that included seating for 50 writers and featured eight radio booths.

Oct. 25, 1957

A group of pranksters changed the Rock ‘M’ to an ‘N’ the night before the Missouri-Nebraska game. But the Mizzou groundskeeper, with the help of some young boys who gained free admission to the game in exchange for their assistance, restored the ‘M’ to its proper form before kickoff. The next day, Missouri used a last-minute touchdown to post a come-from-behind 14-13 win over the Huskers.

West Side, 1965

Summer, 1965

Final expansion of original horseshoe was completed on the southeast corner, adding 3,595 seats to bring capacity at the time to 44,344 permanent seats.

Tiger Lounge, 1968

1968

A new press box and VIP lounge were constructed by private subscription.

1972

The playing surface was named Faurot Field, in honor of legendary coach and athletic director Don Faurot.

vs. Notre Dame, 1984

Summer, 1978

The South endzone was enclosed with 10,800 permanent seats.

Rolling Stones, 1994

Sept. 18, 1994

The Rolling Stones perform an open-air concert at Memorial Stadium before 45,000 fans. The concert helped provide nearly $100,000 toward the eventual project that converted the Omniturf surface -- installed before the 1985 season -- to natural grass the next year.

Don Faurot laying sod

June, 1995

The conversion back the natural grass was complete. Legendary Coach Don Faurot, who helped lay sod for the original field in 1926 at Memorial Stadium, put down the last piece of sod to finalize the newest version as a symbolic gesture. Faurot later died in October of that year, during Homecoming Week.

In addition, grass-covered terraces were extended upward from field level to the grandstands, where they met a new brick wall, to give the stadium a traditional collegiate ambiance. The red brick eventually became a central unifying theme throughout the Sports Park at MU that evolved in the years to follow.

Video Board, 1997

Summer, 1997

A $12 million renovation of Faurot Field was completed that replaced restrooms, concession stands and concourse surfaces beneath the grandstands. The effort also included new ticket booths, a reconfigured north entrance, more brickwork to accent what was installed at field level in 1995, and parking lot improvements. A Diamond Vision video replay scoreboard was installed as part of this project above the rock ‘M’, with a screen measuring 21 feet tall by 27 feet wide.

New press box, 2000

March 1999

The Board of Curators approve a $10.5 million project to completely transform the West side of the stadium. The 1960's-era 14,300-square-foot press box and Tiger Lounge was removed to make room for a 56,800-square-foot structure that spanned from goal line to goal line. The new facility encompasses six levels, and stands 110 feet high and 321 feet wide. It includes 418 Tiger Lounge seats, as well as 35 private suites, all of which sold out. The working press capacity was nearly doubled from the old press box, going from 75 to 147 working press seats.

FieldTurf, 2003

April, 2003

The Faurot Field sod was torn up to make way for the switch to artificial surface; salvageable amounts were given free to Tiger fans. FieldTurf installation was completed June 25, 2003.

New Video Board, 2009

Spring, 2009

Work began on a new video board display to replace the aging board located on the top of the grass hill beyond the north endzone. The project was completed prior to MU’s 2009 home opener on Sept. 12 against Bowling Green.

East Side renovations, 2014

2014

The most significant renovation to Memorial Stadium in 14 years arrived between Mizzou's back-to-back SEC East titles. An upper deck to the East Side was built at a cost of more than $45 million, adding 4,100 upper deck seats and 1,200 premium seats to "The Zou". A 23,000-square-foot indoor premium club space was also added, along with an expanded concourse, an enhanced restroom and concession areas, a new ticket office location, more points of entry and new field lighting. With the expansion, the stadium's capacity was bumped back up to 71,168.

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