Althetic director Mike Alden discusses future of MU’s Hearnes Center

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden raised the possibility that the Hearnes Center could eventually be demolished, though nothing has officially been discussed.

“We currently have a massive structure that’s 41 years old that may be one of the most energy inefficient buildings on our entire campus,” Alden said Tuesday at the Kansas City Tiger Club meeting. “The utilities are massive and we — Mizzou Athletics — have to pay for heat and cooling.

“We have to take a look at what’s the best use for that facility and area most schools have welcome centers. That might be a good area where you could put something like that. There’s also the need for additional parking. But all that is very preliminary.”

Hearnes Center is still home to Missouri’s volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling and indoor track teams. The men’s and women’s basketball teams moved to Mizzou Arena when it opened in 2004.

• Alden also said Tuesday that the capacity of Memorial Stadium will grow from around 67,000 this season to between 72,000 and 74,000 in 2014. Alden said the cranes being used to build the new east-side structure will remain up throughout the course of the season.

“That’s great advertising,” Alden said. “When people see cranes, they see growth.”

Alden said the planned south-side structure, which is likely years away from being built, will push the stadium’s capacity to more than 83,000.