Mizzou Selects DLR Group to Lead $250M Stadium Renovation Project

Rendering of Mizzou's $250 million improvement plan for Memorial Stadium. Image credit: DLR Group.

Posted April 19, 2024

Overland Park-based architecture firm DLR Group has been selected to lead the University of Missouri’s $250 million Memorial Stadium renovation project.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators on Thursday unanimously approved the hiring of the firm, according to a release. The $250 million Memorial Stadium Improvements Project will modernize its historic stadium that has been home to Missou football since 1926.

DLR Group expects the project to be complete by the start of the 2026 college football season, the 100th anniversary of Mizzou’s first game at Memorial Stadium.

“We are competing in a dynamic, highly ambitious environment in intercollegiate athletics and across the totality of higher education,” Board Chair Robin Wenneker said in the release. “We are momentum investing in Memorial Stadium to elevate Mizzou’s national brand and deliver a world-class facility that creates year-round connections for Tiger Nation within the campus, the community and the state of Missouri. We want to be pace setters and establish the new standard for success.”

The planned renovations include up to 160,500 square feet of new construction, including 98,000 square feet of enclosed space for new premium seating areas. Developers are also exploring the implementation of 14 field-level open-air suites and two new club sections, including a field-level 300-person Rock M Club built directly under the historic Rock M Hill, according to the release.

The improvement plan could also install up to 51 new suites, upgrades to restrooms and concessions, a converted team recruiting center, an expanded event space, an upgraded stadium sound system, LED field lighting, Wi-Fi improvements and upgraded ribbon boards throughout the stadium.

Renovations could increase the stadium’s capacity from 62,621 to around 65,000 depending on finalized programming plans, according to the release.

“We are creating the perfect environment for Mizzou supporters to fully contribute to our program’s success,” head coach of the Missouri Tigers, Eliah Drinkwitz said. “We are extremely grateful to the Board of Curators and President Choi for their continued investments in athletics. You certainly can’t do it alone and our players, coaches and staff are proud to represent our state’s flagship institution and passionate fan base.”