PHOTOS: Five SEC football stadiums are undergoing offseason renovations

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The arms race of stadium expansion and renovations is ongoing this offseason.

Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, Mississippi State and Texas A&M are all renovating their football stadiums as we speak, and let’s get an update on all five and where they currently stand.

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Kentucky Wildcats: Commonwealth Stadium renovations

  • Kentucky’s 41-year-old Commonwealth Stadium is undergoing a $110 million face lift that is projected to be finished for the 2015 football season.
  • The Wildcats are actually reducing the capacity from 67,000 to 61,000 to make it a smaller, more fan-friendly atmosphere. The photo below was taken in February and posted on Kentucky.com.

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LSU Tigers: Tiger Stadium renovations

  • LSU is expanding Tiger Stadium’s South End Zone, adding a new upper deck with luxury suites, which will bring the capacity over 100,000. You can view a final rendering here. The following photos are from LSUSports.net, and they were taken yesterday.

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Missouri Tigers: Memorial Stadium renovations

  • By the start of the 2013 season, the west side press box at Faurot Field was renovated, and the facilities housing the press was moved to the sixth floor. The existing press box facilities were converted into premium suites.
  • Also, the “Rock M” and grass berm were moved closer to the north endzone, and the northern concourse was expanded.
  • For the 2014 season, an upper bowl will be completed for the east side of the stadium, providing 5,200 general admission seats and 800 club seats. You can see that progress in the photo below.

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Mississippi State Bulldogs: Davis Wade Stadium renovations

  • A $75 million expansion will be complete before the 2014 season, which will increase the seating capacity to 61,337.
  • It will create a new west side concourse, as well as new restrooms and concessions.
  • The expansion includes sealing off the north endzone and installing a large high-definition video board that will replace the JumboTron that was installed in 1997. You can see the progress in the photo below.

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Texas A&M Aggies: Kyle Field renovations

  • Texas A&M will have a two-phase renovation. The first phase will be complete by August, with the second phase happening next offseason.
  • Phase I: Demolition of the first deck of the east side of the stadium, re-construction of the first deck, and construction of the south endzone, which will include seating, media interview areas, 12th Man Productions and related gameday support, a commissary and recruiting area.
  • Phase II: Demolition of the entire west side of the stadium, complete construction of the south endzone, and re-construction of the west side.

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  • Couple of things about Mizzou that were not mentioned. Faurot is the name of the field, the stadium is Memorial. The capacity will go from 71,000 to 76,000 after this initial phase. The next phase will build coaching offices over the south end zone meaning the height of the three sides will all be roughly equal to the press box side. It will look like a much grander horseshoe when completed. Also updating the appeal of the exterior with brick all around.

    • All good info. Thanks, Bing.

    • I’ve seen the final plans of how all this work is going to look…. very impressive! The brick work you mentioned all around the outside of the stadium is going to be really something special!

    • I assume that does not include the grass slope seating area where I sat as far back as 1969, or the Rock M, or the plaza standing room behind the railing above the Rock M. My guess is that those areas hold 7-8 thousand general admissions that change the real attendance and might not even get counted.

      • Ok I just checked on this. The record crowd before the east side addition was 75,248 so the new east side deck plus luxury boxes must be capable of pushing attendance beyond a published 78,000. My guess is that one of the home games in 2014 will see attendance top 85,000. The Rock M general admission numbers were not counted in the stats before the renovation and might not be published after. I suppose the reason for this is there are no seats there and the actual number of tickets they could sell to fill that area would depend on how many people are willing to stand on top of the deck, or willing to pack into the Rock M. Since the gates are immediately adjacent, this area might be the safest to pack in, even if you end up standing or sitting on a steep grass slope or boulder.

  • Renovations to Williams-Brice will commence next winter. It’s quite exciting to see all these SEC stadiums stepping up their already exceptional fan experience.

  • Having been to most of the stadiums in the SEC over the last 30 years , a lot of them were smaller than high school stadiums in the late 70′s early 80′s. Much needed and welcomed improvements all over.

    • Congratulations to all the teams expanding and improving. What’s up Kentucky? Nobody in the SEC should be making their stadium smaller.

  • Ole Miss is going to be starting expanding it’s stadium pretty soon. They have already hired the contractors I believe. Ole Miss will be enclose the north endzone. It will bring the stadium capacity to around 70,000-71,000. They have also started building a new basketball arena, which they really need.

    • That will be very important to be able to support that many people for the first half of every game…

      • Awe, does it hurt your feelings that State will always be 2nd to OM? State had to do something to their tiny stadium because it was about to crumble its so old.

        • My apologies for some State fans always trying to pick a fight, but we’ve beaten you guys 4 times in the last 5 years. I wouldn’t exactly say we’re second right now.