Campaign Underway for Spratt Stadium Renovations

Published 03/05 2014 08:35PM

Updated 03/05 2014 11:15PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Missouri Western spring football practice is set to get rolling in three weeks. While the team will head to Spratt Stadium to begin prepping for the upcoming season, Western's Director of Athletics Kurt McGuffin has his focus on the venue itself.

The university is in the planning stages of a campaign to bring upgrades to the campus, with the athletic department's emphasis on Spratt.

Planned renovations include a new press box, bleachers and video board, but also a few details to enhance the fan experience.

"We need some more life. We need to get rid of the white walls and put up some brick," McGuffin said. "We probably need to get rid of the track and close that in a little bit, and probably need new turf. That turf is about eight-years-old."

The stadium first opened in September of 1979. Major changes to the facility in the last ten years include synthetic field turf in 2006 and the addition of 7,200 seats to the visitors side in 2009.

McGuffin expects to have all of the funds raised for the upgrades prior to the upcoming football season, and have the renovations completed by the 2015 fall semester.

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