University of Kansas Gateway District construction plans announced

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Tuesday saw the release of the most recent plans for the transformational Gateway District by the University of Kansas and Kansas Athletics. These plans include a redesigned David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Additionally, a new conference centre, and multi-use facilities that will enable year-round use and stimulate Lawrence’s economy. Plans for the area also call for a variety of new dining, shopping, and other facilities. These will boost enrollment and improve the on-campus life of KU students and staff.

The project will be finished in several phases. The first stage of the project will see Anderson Family Football Complex expand and undergo significant upgrades. This is Kansas Football’s main training facility. As part of the first phase, the David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium will also get new southwest, west, and north sides as well as a new conference centre on the north end.

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Chancellor Douglas Girod, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, Kansas Director of Athletics Travis Goff, and other members of the University community hosted an event at the Jayhawk Welcome Centre on Tuesday afternoon. They shared the district’s most recent plans, including the project’s first architectural renderings.

When construction is set to begin on the University of Kansas Gateway District

After the 2023 football season, work on the first phase will start. It will be finished by the start of the 2025 season. Kansas Football will still play at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium while the stadium is being renovated. This is despite a smaller capacity for the 2024 season,

The majority of the project’s funding will come from individual donations. Neither tuition money nor general state monies will be used. For the capital projects of Allen Fieldhouse and David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, which are now under development, Kansas Athletics has set an initial fundraising target of $300 million.

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