Mizzou football receives final approval for new indoor practice facility
Mizzou’s new indoor football practice facility officially has the green light.
The project received unanimous final approval Wednesday from the University of Missouri Board of Curators, the athletic department announced.
“We are grateful for the donors who have stepped forward with transformational gifts in support of this significant project that will benefit not only Mizzou Football, but several of our other teams, too, in future years no matter the weather in Mid-Missouri,” Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk said in the announcement. “We are thankful for the donors who believe in Mizzou and who are committed to helping us achieve excellence throughout our athletics program.
“Mizzou Football enjoys tremendous momentum under Coach (Eliah) Drinkwitz and his staff, and having a convenient, year-around training facility with a full-length football field to practice will help bring Mizzou in line with other SEC programs from a facilities standpoint,” he added. “This is another piece of the puzzle as we work together to fulfill Coach Drinkwitz’ bold vision for our program.”
The announcement states that new, 86,400-square foot indoor facility will be located adjacent to Mizzou Football’s $98M South End Zone Complex, which opened in August 2019, and includes a full-length football field with appropriate run off distances beyond the end zones and along the sidelines for student-athlete safety. The site will also allow access to an upper mezzanine level, which will provide amenities including a viewing lobby, expanded restrooms for game-day use and VIP premium tailgating opportunities.
“I’m grateful to our Board of Curators and our athletics administration for making our Indoor Practice Facility a reality,” Drinkwitz said in the announcement. “This is an important commitment to our program. An indoor space to train and practice is crucial to our player development efforts.”
Mizzou’s release states the project is scheduled to be completed in December 2022 with construction beginning this fall.