University of Kansas

Email gives more details for KU’s $300 million Memorial Stadium renovation plan

Kansas Athletics’ goal for completing a $300 million renovation of Memorial Stadium is “to use a phased approach spanning 3-5 years,” according to an email athletic director Sheahon Zenger sent to donors Thursday evening.

In addition, Zenger said an indoor football practice facility would be first on the construction list. The improvement, according to Zenger, was something “we have needed for decades and will enhance our team’s ability to more effectively prepare for games.”

During a meet-and-greet with fans Wednesday in Kansas City, Zenger first announced the Memorial Stadium plans, saying renderings would be finished in three weeks and released to the public in September. He declined further comment afterward, saying he would speak more in the coming months after the designs were disclosed to fans.

Thursday’s email clarified a few additional details. Zenger said “multiple revenue streams” would fund the football stadium project, and “chief among them will be the philanthropic support of our donors and fans.”

“I cannot overstate the importance of your role as loyal Jayhawks in the completion of this endeavor,” Zenger wrote. “We will need your help and support to make this plan a reality.”

Zenger’s note, which listed HNTB of Kansas City as the firm in charge, also reiterated that elevating the football program was top priority in the immediate future.

“This massive project — with an estimated cost upwards of $300 million — will position Kansas football as a national leader among conference and power five programs for generations to come,” Zenger wrote.

The final phase of the work — centering on fan amenities — will have an emphasis on improving areas for season-ticket holders and include options at varying price points. Zenger also promised fans that more specific details of the project would be available with the official announcement in September.

[ PDF copy of Zenger’s email ]

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell