Key piece of Mizzou South End Zone Project about to disappear
COLUMBIA - The South End Zone Project at Faurot Field is just over halfway through its construction timeline and people in Columbia will soon be seeing a difference.
According to Deputy Athletic Director Nick Joos, the crane will be coming down "sometime around the bowl game or the new year."
Joos said the project is on time and should be completed before next season, but that is dependent on an uncontrollable factor.
"The weather over the next 60 to 90 days will play a key role in making sure we stay on track and that the workers can work outside and get the building framed in," he said.
When it is finished, the new building will house premium seating, general admission seating, 16 luxury suites and a bunker club that the team will walk through onto the field.
"This affords us another opportunity to develop more premium seating, which is continually in demand by our fans," Joos said. "At the end of the day, it will provide a better fan experience and a better student-athlete experience."
For the team, there will be new meeting rooms, a locker room and a weight room. Joos said this will have a positive impact beyond the football team. He said it will open up the Missouri Athletic Training Complex for other Mizzou teams.
"By getting the football players out of the MATC, that will allow us to re-purpose that space for other athletes and other teams that also have big demands on space," he said. "So all of our other sports are going to win in this project as well."
With the new end zone comes a decrease in total capacity. The final numbers are not set but Joos estimates the final capacity will be around 65,000. Before construction the capacity was just over 71,000 but Mizzou has struggled to fill the stadium in the last few years.