MU unveils football stadium expansion

The expanded east side of Memorial Stadium will make its game day debut Saturday when Missouri hosts South Dakota State. | Clayton Hotze/mutigers.com
The expanded east side of Memorial Stadium will make its game day debut Saturday when Missouri hosts South Dakota State. | Clayton Hotze/mutigers.com

Other than a few finishing touches before the University of Missouri’s first football game Saturday against South Dakota State, Memorial Stadium’s east side expansion is complete. The $45 million project, which began in April 2013, is the latest step in attracting fans, officials said during an unveiling ceremony.

A walk up to the second floor of the new structure takes fans to a large skybox known as the Column Club. The Column Club connects to an additional 1,200 premium seats situated outside, which replaced approximately eight rows of what used to be upper-deck seats. The seats must be purchased in a four-seat package, which would be an $11,000 per year commitment for those four seats.

The new upper deck, now called Tiger Deck, installed an additional 4,100 seats or so. That will bring the 2014 capacity to approximately 71,168 seats, which isn’t far off from 2012’s 71,004 capacity before construction.

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