Construction approved for first phase of a new Houck Stadium at Southeast

Houck Field (Source: Southeast Missouri State University)
Houck Field (Source: Southeast Missouri State University)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The first phase of construction for a new Houck Stadium has been approved.

On September 24, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Governors approved action to begin the first phase of construction for a new Houck Field.

This comes after the university closed the south grandstands just before the season opener on September 2 because of safety concerns.

The university released a letter from Southeast President Carlos Vargas and Director of Athletics Brady Barke on September 1 announcing the closing of part of the seating and main press box at the stadium.

Houck Stadium turns 91 years old this year. A recent structural assessment revealed deterioration of the concrete structure supporting the stadium’s south grandstand has accelerated and caused the university to close that portion of the stadium.

The first phase of the project will include demolition of the existing south grandstand structure as well as construction of a new south seating bowl and concourse with new restrooms and concession areas. Current plans indicate this phase will be complete in time for the Fall 2022 season.

The first phase of the project will include demolition of the existing south grandstand structure as well as construction of a new south seating bowl and concourse with new restrooms and concession areas. Current plans for this phase are to be completed in time for the Fall 2022 season.

Southeast Missouri State University contracted with Hollis + Miller, an architecture and design firm based in Kansas City, Missouri. Conceptual designs for a stadium renovation were completed in August 2019 and have served as the focal point of the Department of Athletics’ plan to rebuild Houck Field.

Click to see conceptual designs of Phase 1.

Related story: Southeast MO State closing part of Houck Stadium due to safety concerns

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