On Monday, the University of Illinois athletic department announced the continuation of the Illinois Renaissance project. The latest addition is a $132 million renovation project for Memorial Stadium, home of the Fighting Illini football program.
Renovations will take place at the south horseshoe and east side of the stadium with the project being funded by private gifts and the DIA’s general fund.
“Following Coach Smith’s arrival, this project is the necessary next step to building a sustainable, championship-caliber football program,” said Josh Whitman, Illinois Director of Athletics, in a statement from the university.
“This is an investment in our student-athletes, both present and future, to ensure that they have the resources needed to compete at the highest level. Such a commitment is required if we are to win consistently in the Big Ten and on the national stage. This is the first in a series of facility projects that will ultimately position all Illinois student-athletes for enduring success.”
The additions to the south horseshoe and east side of the stadium will include “a new home for all football operations in the south end zone, including locker rooms; training, recovery, and sports medicine facilities; meeting and office spaces; and recruiting venues.”
Illinois will also add new restrooms, concessions and elevators.
“This project is an important addition to our program as we continue to build,” said head coach Lovie Smith.
“Memorial Stadium is one of the historic and iconic stadiums in the nation, and this renovation will only enhance that reputation. The additions will give both our players and fans a greatly improved experience, from preparation during the week to the game-day atmosphere.”
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