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KU Gridiron Club at Memorial Stadium

The club will hold 3,000 seats, cost $34 million to build and finance a $40 million commitment from Kansas Athletics to KU's academic programs.

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A look at one of the upper lobbies of the new Gridiron Club KU is ...

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An exterior shot of the proposed 3,000-seat addition to Memorial Stadium that will include the ...

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This area of the new Gridiron Club at KU's Memorial Stadium will include a Wi-Fi ...

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A cross-section of the new building that will be built for the Gridiron Club at ...

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This view of Memorial Stadium, taken from the top floor of The Oread, shows the ...

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KUbsee69 11 years, 7 months ago

$11,333.34 per seat (to build). $13,333.34 per seat to finance the $40M commitment. $ X per ticket per year to watch KU football ... priceless

Dirk Medema 11 years, 7 months ago

It looks nice.

The section looks like it's ready for another level of seats above it. Any word if we're planning ahead in this way?

Ryan Richey 11 years, 7 months ago

Looks great! So when do we take out the track???

boomrsoonr26 11 years, 7 months ago

Damn it you stole my thunder ProudKansan, take out the fuggin track already!

MNHawk23 11 years, 7 months ago

definitely a great improvement. and god i hate that track. but its not coming out until they build the new track stadium

arcticjhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

Oh come on.....$40 million (+ overages due to construction delays, permitting etc..) and no "bench seating"? Perhaps more drawings need to be posted to prove me wrong but why would the University invest so much money into an area where those who support Kansas the most don't even benefit by being able to watch our Jayhawks play? I would like to know the ratio of KU student (shafted out of seats) to alumni (Jay-Z accomodations) funds put forward for this expansion.

Looking forward to watching this season from the Arctic Circle. Rock Chalk

arcticjhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

Apologies. I just saw the addition for the fans seating schematic. It still isn't that great. Maybe I'll get a better view of the renovations when me and two other Arctic Jayhawks come down next season!!!!! Can't wait. Anyone know where one could get a quick tour of an empty Allen Fieldhouse? Who do we have to start bugging? :)

Rock Chalk

arcticjhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

Apologies yet again. A tour of Memorial would be appreciated.

bradt1719 11 years, 7 months ago

Agreed Agreed Agreed. take out the track. The only thing that just makes u wonder, is how will they get the seating closer to the field? dig the field lower? Gah! that would be so perfect. tho. the gap from the north (i think) end zone to the crowd is just plain ridiculous. like we have been loud at games but i just dont think it can become the "hostile" environment that we "could" create. especially as a top 25 (or HIGHER team) I like the idea of the gridiron club but think its not the first thing that needs to happen. adding 3,000 seats THAT high will make it look nicer but c'mon we really needs seats closer. its just not intimidating. i always just sit/stand there and think were getting loud but is it too far away? I think we dont need to think about history/tradition with football and make memorial stadium into WHAT we need it to be so when visiting teams come onto the field or into the stadium they think and know, "this is going to be bad". and do it now before down the road it gets to be the 'allen fieldhouse' we cant touch this attitude, (and no im not saying change 'the phog' or rebuild. a team knows when u walk thru the tunnel there, "this is going to be bad" and its the most intimidating place to play in college basketball depending on who you talk to of course) if i were in charge, that would be my question, "What can we do to make memorial stadium the most hostile environment in college football? not how can we accommodate 3,000 more people, cus frankly, whos gonna be in there? maybe unfortunately the people with the cash... but if you start with the question proposed, the gridiron club, although it looks great and could and WILL be great, just does not seem to me to be priority. yeah?

tdub 11 years, 7 months ago

bradt - I totally agree with the need to remove the track and dig the field down for extra seats. However, the first step to Memorial becoming hostile starts with the fans themselves. Like other posters, I have become frustrated with the lack of noise and excitement. When your team is on defense at home, you make noise. Seems like it has to be a critical 3rd down for 70% of the fans to get involved.

Pinkels_Visor 11 years, 7 months ago

On the rendering of the outside I don't think I like all of the arches in the middle. It looks too much like scaffolding, like it's rickety and not finished. They should solidify that facade more. Maybe that's where all of our bowl victory banners could go... ;)

tennesseest 11 years, 7 months ago

Haha, taking the track out is a fantasy. We have to raise the money for a new track facility before we can take the track out. Then we have to raise the money to do the construction on memorial. We are talking $50 million+,if any of you have that money to donate, PLEASE DO! Other wise, stop bringing it up! Everyone knows that taking the track out would give us a Top 25 stadium, it's just NOT POSSIBLE right now. Work with what we have! Finishing the north bowl is much more realistic than taking out the track.

gardenjay 11 years, 7 months ago

I think it is a matter of fan support, tennessee - there is a lot of revenue there lost these days.

Arcticjhawk, aren't you supposed to fly south for the winter?

gardenjay 11 years, 7 months ago

This might be a good time to point out that Arizona's Meteor Crater could host 2 million football fans, with plenty of room for twenty football fields on the crater floor. Set your standards high! Rock Chalk!

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