Crews Set to Break Ground on New MU Landmark

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COLUMBIA - Construction crews began working Tuesday morning on MU's newest landmark, an outdoor amphitheater on the north side of Carnahan Quad, across from Jesse Hall. 

In a news release, the Mizzou Alumni Association, or MAA, said it is funding the construction of "Traditions Plaza," in honor of MU's 175th Anniversary. The amphitheater will host concerts, spirit rallies, outdoor classes as well as a wide array of other activities.

The construction will result in sidewalk closure and the temporary loss of non-metered parking on Conley Avenue between Tiger Avenue and Ninth Street. The construction should be completed and the sidewalk fully reopened by October 1, by 5 p.m.

Todd McCubbin, the executive director of the MAA said this is the largest project the association has taken on.  

"We hope the plaza will enhance the beauty of campus while providing a unique programming space. I believe Traditions Plaza will be another example of how alumni help enhance the Mizzou experience," McCubbin said. 

The MU News Bureau said MU traditions such as Tap Day, Tiger Walk and Homecoming will be engraved on the bricks and tiles that cover the stage and pillars of Traditions Plaza. The Bureau also said donors will be able to purchase bricks for the new landmark. Some of the proceeds from the brick sales will help fund MAA's student scholarship program.

Pictures of the construction's site plan can be found here.