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Kansas AD Calls Out K-State Outlet Over Stadium Funding Allegations

Nov 11, 2023; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; A general view of a Kansas Jayhawks helmet during a game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, Kansas Athletic Director Travis Goff responded to a claim on social media regarding the timeline and budget of the renovation project for David Booth Memorial Stadium.

GoPowercat Publisher Tim Fitzgerald shared a video on YouTube discussing KU’s gateway project being put on hold and alleging that taxpayer money is being used to renovate the football stadium.

 

Goff responded to Fitzgerald’s video a few days later on X, saying, “Every aspect of our detailed, transparent, strategic project is completely on track as planned/announced. Only change is increased momentum! I welcome you to come over to Lawrence for an interview if you’re interested in gathering accurate information and covering KU.”

While the project of renovating the Gateway District and David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium has generated numerous comments regarding some updated looks at renovation plans, Goff spoke about the plans with KUSports’ Chad Lawhorn and pulled back the curtain on the process.

One interesting aspect of the nearly $500 million renovation is the plan to completely renovate the west side of the stadium while leaving the east stands untouched.

“It is unknown as it stands,” Goff said when asked to share a potential timeline for the full renovation. “And, by the way, we can’t afford it yet.”

Despite the back-and-forth discourse between Goff and members of the media, Kansas’ renovation process continues. Goff finished the interview by saying, “I know we are going to do some new things, and I think we will do some things that have a chance to stick when we are back playing our games in the fall of 2025 right here in Lawrence.”

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