Southeast Missouri State University breaks ground for Houck Multiuse Complex
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Southeast Missouri State University broke ground on a Houck Multiuse Complex .
Southeast Missouri State University is celebrating the groundbreaking of the first phase of the new Houck Stadium.
“We are certainly as excited about this as anybody,” said Brady Barke, SEMO’s athletic director, as he welcomed everyone attending the event.
This comes after the Board of Director’s authorized the administration to proceed with awarding a contract to Fager-McGee commercial construction for phase one of the project.
“It was really historic, the other stadium has been here since 90,” said Tom Matukewicz, SEMO Football’s Head Coach. “So we’re probably not going to build another one for a long time. So this is pretty historic.”
A $15,978,100 contract awarded to Fager-McGee Commercial Construction includes the construction and replacement of the south sideline and grandstand of Houck Field as well as new seating, turf replacement, concession stands, restrooms, ADA access, and associated HVAC, mechanical and other systems work.
“It is legitimately the front porch to the institution,” said Matukewicz. “When mom and dad are driving down Broadway, and they’ve got a 12-year-old kid in there, and they say ‘Hey Mom and Dad, what’s that?’ That’s SEMO’s football stadium.”
The building of the stadium will help with recruiting new students and future athletes.
School officials hope the new stadium will help players feel valued and motivate them to work harder.
“Student athletes will have facilities worthy of their award winning records,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, President of Southeast Missouri State University. “They’ll have a space that no matter where you look, you know that this is Redhawk territory.”