‘It Needs To Help Us Win’: New Huskers AD Modifies Memorial Stadium Renovation Plans, Timeline…

As the Huskers’ new athletic director gets settled in at UNL, the big renovation project at Memorial Stadium is undergoing some changes.

The Nebraska University Board of Regents and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Director Troy Dannen announced Friday they intend to “modify the original timeline and project plans” pertaining to the modernization of Memorial Stadium.

In a statement provided to 6 News, Dannen said he and the board met Thursday and discussed stadium improvements.

“First, it needs to help us win,” he said. “Second, it needs to advance our goals for acquisition and retention of talent. Third, and equally importantly, it must preserve our financial stability — one of the greatest assets of Husker Athletics.

The key change: South Stadium will not be torn down at the conclusion of the 2024 season, as had been originally announced. Instead, Dannen says the focus will turn to designing and planning improvements for the East and West Stadiums.

That work is slated to start no earlier than after the 2025 season. Previously approved plans had that construction starting in Janary 2025, with a $450 million price tag and a targeted completion date sometime in 2026.

Dannen says the South Stadium leg of the project remains in the overall plan, but a timeline for when that work would begin is yet to be determined.

Dannen also said the department is not seeking additional work approval from the Board for anything beyond the Phase I upgrades, which were approved last October. No further work will take place until detailed plans and funding are drawn up and brought before the board.

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