Demolition begins on SEMO’s Houck Stadium

Demolition begins on the south grandstand structure of Houck Stadium. (Source: Brandy McIntire/KBSI)
Demolition begins on the south grandstand structure of Houck Stadium Dec. 8, 2021. (Source: Brandy McIntire/KBSI)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Demolition of the existing south grandstand structure at Houck Stadium on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University has begun.

Crews could be seen using heavy equipment to demo the structure on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

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

That came after the university closed the south grandstands just before the season football opener on September 2 because of safety concerns.

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 includes 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.

Related stories:

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

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

Categories: News