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Tracking the progress at Memorial Stadium

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Rolls of new turf sit on a truck bed behind the south end zone at Memorial Stadium.

Rolls of new turf sit on a truck bed behind the south end zone at Memorial Stadium. by Matt Tait

It's now been a full week since construction began to remove the track from around the playing surface at Memorial Stadium and, as you'll see in the photos below, the crews in charge of doing the work have made significant progress.

The old track was removed quickly last on June 25 and it now appears that they're prepping the ground beneath where the track was for years for new turf and asphalt.

We'll continue to track the progress periodically during the process, which is expected to take another five weeks and be completed for the start of KU football's fall camp, which begins Aug. 8.

Here's the view from the top of the hill:

Here's the new view of Memorial Stadium, sans track, from Campanile hill.

Here's the new view of Memorial Stadium, sans track, from Campanile hill. by Matt Tait

Here's the view from the south end zone toward Memorial Stadium's north end:

Here's a view from inside the stadium, looking toward the north end of the field from the south end zone.

Here's a view from inside the stadium, looking toward the north end of the field from the south end zone. by Matt Tait

Here's a look at the area around the scoreboard, behind the south end zone:

Here's a look at the area around the scoreboard, behind the south end zone.

Here's a look at the area around the scoreboard, behind the south end zone. by Matt Tait

Here's the view down the east sideline:

Here's the view down the east sideline, which shows good detail of the drop off between the field and where the track once was along with how much work there still is to be done.

Here's the view down the east sideline, which shows good detail of the drop off between the field and where the track once was along with how much work there still is to be done. by Matt Tait

Here's the view from the top of the east stands:

Here's the view from the top of the east stands.

Here's the view from the top of the east stands. by Matt Tait

Here's a look from the top of the east stands down at the scoreboard area behind the south end zone:

Here's a look from the top of the east stands down at the scoreboard area behind the south end zone.

Here's a look from the top of the east stands down at the scoreboard area behind the south end zone. by Matt Tait

Comments

Travis Clementsmith 8 years, 3 months ago

I know this is a make-shift until a more comprehensive project for the stadium can be attained, but just envisioning that turn in the first photo from the top of the hill is going to make that stadium so much more pleasing to the eye.

Chris Gilbertson 8 years, 3 months ago

Is there any plans to get a GIGANTIC scoreboard anytime in the future. It seems like more and more colleges are going to that, so I was just curious if that would be in Memorial Stadiums future at all.

Danny Hernandez 8 years, 3 months ago

I wish we had some sort of tunnel the players could enter the field from. Much more a dramatic entrance than what we have now.

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Jay Beakum 8 years, 3 months ago

Wow. They even took out the recliners! So any word on what the “decorative” wall is going to look like? Is that part of the 6 week plan?

Jay Beakum 8 years, 3 months ago

Why does the site keep lying to me and telling me I’ve earned a week of no surveys, when in actuality, I don’t even get the next article.

Mark Lindrud 8 years, 3 months ago

Everyone has been begging for the track to be removed and that's now happening. I'm certain next offseason something else happens. Zenger has been proactive in improving facilities, and we all know it's time for the focus to be on improving the stadium. One small step for football, one small step for KU fans lol.

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