Multimillion dollar renovations to Allen Fieldhouse and David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium could be coming for KU Athletics, but details on what the projects would entail are not clear.
During its April meeting on Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents gave initial approval to a five-year capital improvement plan at Kansas universities, which included setting a series of dates for the $300 million worth of renovations to KU's stadium and a one-time $20 million renovation to the fieldhouse.
The Regents will consider giving final approval to the five-year plan, which would begin in July 2020, during their May meeting.
Kansas Athletics officials did not respond to a Journal-World request for information on the projects. Dennis Mullin, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, said on Thursday that he did not know the specifics of the projects, but Regents documents show the projects would be funded through private donations.
The first phase of the football stadium renovations, a total of $170 million, would begin during the 2021 fiscal year, or the 2020-21 academic year, with a $6.2 million project. The Allen Fieldhouse renovation is also slated for the 2021 fiscal year.
The first phase of the football stadium renovations would continue in 2022 fiscal year with a $66 million project and in 2023 fiscal year with a $97.8 million project. Phase two of the renovations, a total of $130 million, would begin in 2025 fiscal year with a $30 million project. The remaining $100 million of renovations are slated to take place after the five-year capital improvement plan.
The university previously announced a $350 million renovation of the stadium and other athletic facilities, funded by private donations collected through the “Raise the Chant” campaign. The football stadium portion of the project consists of renovations to end zone seating in the north and south sides, which would include closing the horseshoe shape of the stadium into a more bowl-like structure.
The announced makeover also included a variety of premium seating options at “all price points,” as well as enhanced fan amenities, such as suites, lounges, reserved chair-back seating, concourse viewing decks, expanded concourses and “premium concession” options.
The football stadium portion was originally slated to begin after the conclusion of the 2018 season, but KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said in September that it would be pushed back while he focused on getting the football program in a better position.
Long later hired Les Miles, who won the 2007 NCAA National Championship with Louisiana State University, to lead the program. If the five-year capital improvement plan remains intact, the renovations would likely begin after Miles’ second season at the helm.