Not only is David Beaty adding some surprisingly big-time recruits to his 2018 class, he’s also going to receive $300 million in renovations to Memorial Stadium, along with the addition of an indoor facility.
The announcement was made Wednesday at a meet-and-greet by Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger, who added the plans should be completed in three weeks, and will be shown to the public sometime in September.
The indoor facility will be a huge addition for KU, as this has become a trend for many major programs across the country. Hell, now the indoor facility arms race has even extended itself down to the Texas high school level. Absurd? Sure. But it’s the reality we’re living in.
Zenger told the crowd on Wednesday, “The stuff we’re going to do first is like I talked about, things that we should’ve had 10 years ago. At the top of the list is an indoor facility. So as we begin the stadium, we’re going to start with an indoor facility. We’re going to do things that will help young guys on the field.”
Beatty added, “I think it will be something that will be just that next step in transcending our program to the next level/ We really do have to keep up with the facility war that goes on out there. Dr. Z gets that.”
Kansas is coming off a 2-10 season, the only two wins of David Beaty’s tenure, but the optimism in Lawrence is as high as it’s been in years. The Jayhawks have reason to believe they can begin to turn the corner towards respectability in college football. And this latest news of renovations to Memorial Stadium will only help the fan experience, while the indoor facility will impress potential prospects.
KU is never going to be a football-first school, but give the administration credit for not giving up or forgetting about the pigskin.
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