The Curators of the University of Missouri reviewed design plans for a new softball stadium Thursday during a meeting on the Columbia campus.
The board approved the $16 million project during its February meeting with $13.5 million funded by private gifts and $2.5 million in debt financing.
Lempka Edson Architects, an Overland Park-based firm, was commissioned to deliver the designs, which were unveiled for the new 1,700-seat venue.
The new softball facility, which will be built east of the Hearnes Center, replaces University Field.
Opened in 1981, University Field is landlocked, so expansion at that site wasn’t possible. It also lacks sufficient parking for the crowds that attend games, especially postseason games.
Parking won’t be an issue anymore at the new location.
However, the stadium will eat into parking that is critical for football games, displacing 503 parking spots.
Missouri plans a net gain of seven parking spots by building a new 251-space parking lot south of Champions Dr. at the intersection with Providence Point Dr.
A new band field also will be constructed south of the new parking lot, allowing construction of a 217-space lot at the site of the old practice field.
The new stadium will have a full-view concourse and outfield plaza, an outfield lawn area for additional spectators, elevated press box, heated dugouts, team lounge, theater and video room, rehab facility and coaches offices among other amenities.
The new parking lot is expected to be completed by November with the stadium ready to host games by December 2016.