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Mizzou Moving Ahead with $33M Football Facility

Andy Berg

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators on Wednesday is poised to approve a new $33 million football practice facility.

The project came in $2 million over initial projected costs and will be funded by private donations pledged over seven years. Kansas City architectural firm HOK will spearhead design of the facility.

The full-size practice facility is set to open in December of 2022 and will be built adjacent to the team facility that’s attached to the south end of Memorial Stadium. It will replace Devine Pavilion as the team’s indoor practice facility.

"As far as recruiting goes, I think it's a good way to signal that we're serious about football and Mizzou football getting the best recruits and doing a great job in the SEC," Board chairman Darryl Chatman said in December, according to the SouthernMinn.com. "We just wanted to make that it’s a priority and make sure that our coach had everything he needed to get the job done.”

The board agenda states: "As the northernmost school in the SEC, a full-size indoor facility for practice is critical for the development of the football program. A new, full-size indoor football practice facility will not only benefit the football program but will also free up critical times in the Devine Pavilion for the baseball, softball, soccer and other athletic programs to train year-round."

The facility comes in at 86,400 gross square feet and includes a full 100-yard field.

According to the agenda, "The field elevation is similar to the top elevation of the plyo ramp within the football weight room, providing easy transition between the indoor field and the training and locker room facilities. Additional program elements include restrooms, exam spaces, storage and support for this facility within the building. The site allows access to an upper mezzanine, which provides amenities such as a viewing lobby and restrooms to be utilized on game days."

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