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Missouri announces plans for Mizzou Arena renovation

A rendering of the new video board at Mizzou Arena
A rendering of the new video board at Mizzou Arena Mizzou Athletics

Missouri Athletics formally announced a multimillion renovation for Mizzou Arena on Thursday, which includes a $1.5 million private gift for a new video board.

Tigers athletic director Mike Alden previously announced the new video board during a media roundtable Sept. 3. It is expected to be completed in time for the 2014-15 season.

“Mizzou Arena is entering its 10th season and is tremendous facility for our basketball programs, but we need to enhance the areas that impact the fan experience, student-athlete well-being and assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes,” Alden said in a release from MU Athletics. “In-game production and presentation is a significant factor in the game-day experience for our fans and a new video board and sound system inside the arena is a significant focus of this project.”

The renovation also includes upgrades to the Tiger Player Development area and a new entryway, as well as improvements to the team lounge, locker rooms, academic areas, and strength and conditioning facilities.

Alden said work will begin immediately on the player lounge under the direction of Missouri deputy athletic director Doug Gillin, who “was instrumental in securing the $1.5 million private gift” for the new video board.

“We have some tremendous partners associated with Mizzou Athletics and certainly their generosity helped make the video board become a reality for this upcoming season,” Gillin said in the release. “We will be working with Panasonic on the new board and sound system and we hope to have it ready for the start of the regular season.”

Missouri installed new lighting outside the arena and added new graphics in the team tunnel last spring.

Funding and naming-rights opportunities for the various project are available for Tiger Scholarship Fund members.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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