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Missouri seeks stadium expansion for SEC move

Monday, June 25, 2012 | 12:45 p.m. CDT; updated 8:34 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 25, 2012

COLUMBIA — MU has unveiled its long-promised plans to upgrade athletic facilities as it moves to the Southeastern Conference.

Plans released by the school on Monday call for the addition of 6,000 seats at Memorial Stadium, which currently has a capacity of 71,004. Even with the addition, Missouri would still rank ninth in stadium size among the 14 SEC schools.

University curators will discuss the plans on Tuesday.

Missouri also wants to add more enclosed luxury suites and expand a concourse at the stadium's north entrance that could allow another seating increase in the future.

The school is also seeking to improve its tennis and golf facilities as well as its softball and baseball stadiums. The projects would cost $72 million in debt financing paid through bonds.

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Ellis Smith June 25, 2012 | 1:58 p.m.

Now, tell us about the plans for expansion of academic and research facilities. There are plans, aren't there? Of course they'll be for all four of the System's campuses.

We prefer not to hold our collective breaths while awaiting a response.

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Tracy Greever-Rice June 25, 2012 | 2:12 p.m.

http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases...

"There is no relationship between the two budgets, historically or currently."

Some might suggest that this statement, while accurate, is precisely the problem.

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Ray Shapiro June 25, 2012 | 2:34 p.m.

If you can't be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.

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Kevin Gamble June 25, 2012 | 2:40 p.m.

I'm torn between nostalgia for the Big 8 and lamenting for the lack of a Big Ten offer. Something tells me the SEC is the worst cultural direction MU could have taken. Though I am happy for the student athletes who will personally benefit from all the new related facilities.

Ellis, I think the research facilities will be well taken care of by the industrial ag corporate interests which are probably counting on MU being a tool in their biotech and animal-research industries in the future. But academic resources - we'll hope for the best.

To MU's credit, I was very pleased when I first heard about the new School of Music and Performing Arts Center a few years ago, but haven't seen anything about it recently - does anyone know if it's still on track? http://www.columbiamissourian.com/storie... I hope fine art benefits from this as well - when I attended MU studying art, the faculty was outstanding but the facilities were shameful.

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Ellis Smith June 25, 2012 | 3:01 p.m.

No, Kevin, the move to the SEC will be a definite cultural step up: who wouldn't want to be associated with the SEC's "HeeHaw Division"?

Maybe someday we'll learn what happened with the abortive attempt to get into the Big 10. There are interesting rumors.

Big Ag firms won't be of much financial assistance to UMKC, UMSL and MS&T. No milk cows or hogs on those campuses. :)

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Mike Martin June 25, 2012 | 6:17 p.m.

I so look forward to the day I will no longer have to read about this bass-ackward foolishness, worry about the effect it has on my own kids values, and watch it cheered as if the Messiah has just arrived.

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Ellis Smith June 25, 2012 | 6:56 p.m.

@ Mike Martin:

If I remember scripture correctly, the real Messiah ran the money changers out of the temple.

The money changers are in no danger of being run out of THIS temple. They are doing VERY well, thank you, and get anything they wish.

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frank christian June 25, 2012 | 7:42 p.m.

I would wager that most "static" about the issue is not that "the Messiah has just arrived!" Far more imo, has crackled and sounded as tho the Messiah can now never come, because U. of MO has left heaven and joined the S.E.C.! Get a grip!

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Ellis Smith June 25, 2012 | 10:11 p.m.

Which "U. of MO" would that be, Frank?

University of Missouri - Columbia?
University of Missouri - Kansas City?
University of Missouri - St. Louis?

Those are the three campuses that have the words "University of Missouri" as part of their official/legal names; the fourth campus no longer does. Thank you, Curators, and we understand UMKC may be asking for a name change.

It's frequently difficult to know who runs University of Missouri System, but it's clear enough who actually runs MU.

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frank christian June 26, 2012 | 7:15 a.m.

UMC, Ellis. I knew I had earned a lashing, after I pressed the post button. Thanks for making it the "wet noodle" class.

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