Illinois Announces Plans For $132 Million Stadium Renovation

October 03, 2016
In this Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, Illinois running back Kendrick Foster (22) takes a moment to himself before an NCAA college football game against North Carolina at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

In this Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, Illinois running back Kendrick Foster (22) takes a moment to himself before an NCAA college football game against North Carolina at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

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The University of Illinois says it is drawing up plans to renovate the south and east sides of Memorial Stadium. The U of I said Monday that the $132 million project would move the football offices, locker rooms and training areas from the north end of the stadium to the area behind the south end zone.

A new south grandstand would replace the existing Horseshoe. On the east side of the stadium, new restrooms and elevators would be built along with new concessions facilities.

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman plans to present plans to university trustees for approval by spring. South end zone work would be complete by summer 2019 and east-side work a year later.
 
The school says money would come from donations and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics revenue.

Story source: AP