Missouri’s Memorial Stadium to debut east-side expansion for 2014 football season

07/25/2014 4:48 PM

07/25/2014 4:48 PM

Since joining the Southeastern Conference, Missouri has aggressively upgraded its athletics infrastructure as part of a $200 million facilities master plan.

The Tigers’ athletic department renovated Memorial Stadium’s west side before the 2013 season, adding new club seating and a new press box.

Now, Memorial Stadium’s east-side expansion — with its $45.5 million price tag — will add 4,100 upper deck seats and 1,200 premium seats ahead of the 2014 season.

The new construction also doubles the street-level concourse and adds a 23,000-square foot indoor club.

The east-side expansion — which also includes a new premium tailgating area, Truman’s Terrace — should be completed before the Aug. 30 season opener against South Dakota State.

The stadium capacity will return to 71,000 after dropping to roughly 68,000 last season with initial construction eating up some seating.

Last month, Missouri announced plans for a new full-length indoor practice facility and a new softball stadium as part of the master plan.

Those projects require individual approval from the MU Board of Curators before construction would begin.

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