KU accepts design bids for project near football stadium


Here’s a look at the west side of Booth Memorial Stadium.

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The University of Kansas, Kansas Athletics Incorporated and KU Endowment are accepting proposals for conceptual and schematic design services from athletic design consultants for an 11th & Mississippi project that includes what the university calls “An Improved Home for Kansas Football “.

The call for tenders was launched by the university via a “tender opportunity detail” available online. The call for tenders was issued on August 23 at 8:52 a.m. The closing date for tenders will be September 13 at 2 p.m.

The 11th and Mississippi project, according to the detailed form of the submission opportunity, includes:

“1. A year-round, multi-purpose venue that can incorporate conference or entertainment capabilities, retail, restaurants, healthcare services, or other facilities that support economic development and the academic mission of the University.

2. A new gateway to campus.

3. An improved home for Kansas Football.

KU plays its home games at Booth Memorial Stadium.

Asked to comment, KU athletic director Travis Goff in a text message directed The Star to KU’s “request for qualifications document” stating that the document “articulates our vision for the project” in the “narrative portion of this document”.

It was his only comment on the subject.

Goff spoke of his desire for a remodeled Booth Memorial Stadium. At the Big 12 Football Media Days in July, he said it was high time to renovate or build a new KU football stadium.

Goff spoke with donors about financial support for the stadium renovation.

“We’re way ahead of what I thought we were a year ago versus where we are today,” Goff said on Media Day. “So I’m excited about it.

“For me, 14 months later, we’re moving exactly where we should be,” Goff added, “which means being really thoughtful, exploring multiple options, making sure we have key partners involved in those discussions. and making sure that a whole institution can understand what this investment will have to look like, that this is not a short-sighted deal.

“We’re not going to rush out to make an announcement just to say we’re doing something. It is something that has a trajectory and impact of more than 25 years. This is therefore the immediate path on which we are embarking.

He said he was “excited” for Texas Tech in a recent announcement of plans for a $200 million renovation of its stadium. The tenders appear to indicate that KU’s Goff is continuing to make progress on the KU stadium renovation issue.

“It’s another reminder that you can’t sit idle,” Goff said on Media Day referring to the tech renovation. “We know what it will be like if you don’t do your homework and move the needle day-to-day for student-athletes with your football program. You’re going to step back if you don’t do something that makes a statement within your own league.

This story was originally published August 30, 2022 7:51 p.m.

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Gary Bedore covers all aspects of Kansas basketball for The Star – the current team as well as former players and coaches and recruiting. He attended KU and was born and raised in Chicago, as well as Lisle, Ill.

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