Memorial Stadium will have smaller capacity this year due to construction
14 August 2018
Memorial Stadium will seat 10,000 less fans this upcoming football season as a result of a $98 million south end zone renovation project that is still in progress.
The UM System Board of Curators unanimously approved the expansion in Aug. 2017. It is being payed for through fundraising efforts by MU, bonds on future ticket revenues and the Campus Infrastructure Fund. The new end zone will feature 16 suites, 1,500 premium seats and 1,300 outdoor general admission seats, according to previous Missourian reporting.
The facility will also hold a new football team locker room, training facility, a weight room, coaches offices, meeting spaces and equipment storage.
Once the end zone expansion is finished, Memorial Stadium will hold approximately 65,000 fans, less than the stadium's previous capacity of just over 71,000. However, while construction continues during the 2018 football season, the stadium will hold around 61,000 fans.
Tim Hickman, Missouri Deputy Athletics Director, said that there will be no temporary seating to make up for the decreased capacity.
The project is projected to be finished by the beginning of the 2019 football season.
"We're right on schedule," Hickman said.
In-ground work on the project is currently finishing up, and fans will start to see parts of the structure coming up out of the ground in the next few weeks, Hickman said.