CAPE GIRARDEAU (WSIL) – A project to renovate the south stand of SEMO’s Houck stadium will not be completed until the fall semester.
In September, the university decided to create a plan for a new multipurpose complex on the site of the Houck field, which would include a new stadium. It was after part of the structure was deemed unsafe for fans.
The demolition is complete and the replacement of the South Stand is currently underway. But construction bids for the structural and under-slab utilities portion of the project were significantly higher than the original estimate in the fall.
Due to the higher cost, the university has decided not to award the bid for the construction of the South Stand at this time.
SEMO President Carlos Vargas said he anticipates women’s soccer and football programs will still be able to compete at Houck Field this fall.
Additional information regarding spectator seating and matchday operations will be shared in the coming months.
The University is meeting with architects to consider other options, including: new facility layouts, use of dissimilar and/or hybrid materials, adjusted timelines and other revisions.
Of the $12 million originally identified by the University and Foundation, approximately $3.5 million has been allocated for demotion and site and field preparation for the 2022 season. This leaves approximately $8.5 million dollars for the entire reconstruction.
Learn more about the progress of the project by click here.