COLUMBIA — During football season, the main concourse of Memorial Stadium is littered with cheering Mizzou fans, but Wednesday afternoon, it was unrecognizable.
The area was filled with construction workers and large equipment, and the normally smooth concrete ground was torn up and covered in dust.
Renovations are under way to allocate more seats and upgraded features. The entire renovation is expected to cost $60 million, said Chad Moller, associate athletic director of strategic communications for Mizzou football.
A fresh layer of sod was laid on the rock M hill of Faurot Field on Wednesday. The hill, which houses general admission seats on its green lawn, was also moved closer to the field to allow for an expansion of the concourse. To do this, a large amount of dirt was brought in to move the base of the hill and reform it, Moller said.
Moller said that one of the reasons for the concourse expansion is because the SEC has a no-pass-out rule, which prohibits re-entry into the stadium.
"We wanted to create more room for fans,” Moller said. “If they cannot leave, it’s nice to provide a place for them to go.”
Moller said moving the hill closer to the field will also provide a more intimate experience for the fans and players, which will contribute to an overall better aesthetic.
On the west side of the stadium, the tower is also receiving a complete renovation, with the working press level being moved from the fifth to the sixth floor. The west tower and the main concourse are scheduled to be completed by the start of the fall 2013 season, said Moller.
On the east side of the stadium, construction cranes tower over where premium seating and luxury suites are scheduled to be added by fall 2014.
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