Faurot Field /fɔːˈroʊ/, /fəˈroʊ/ at Memorial Stadium is a stadium in Columbia, Missouri, United States, on the campus of the University of Missouri. It is primarily used for football and serves as the field for the Missouri Tigers football program. In 1972, Memorial Stadiums playing surface was named Faurot Field in honor of longtime coach Don Faurot, during the offseason, soccer goals are set up in the end zones and it is used for intramural matches. This tradition stopped when Missouri joined the Southeastern Conference and conference scheduling made hosting the more difficult. Faurot Field was also home to the Missouri State High School Activities Association football championships for many years. It is the second-largest sports facility by seating capacity in the state of Missouri, the stadium is an early 20th century horseshoe-shaped stadium, with seating added on in the open end zone. The original horseshoe is completed by a berm in the curved end. The berm is famous for the giant block M made of painted white stones located behind the end zone, a paved path encircles the west, north and east sides of the field taking the place of the track, removed in 1994. Fundraising began in 1921 for a Memorial Union and a Memorial Stadium to be constructed at the University, the names of the two projects were a tribute to Mizzou alumni who lost their lives during World War I. Ground was broken on the site of the stadium in December 1925. The site was a natural valley that lay between twin bluffs south of the campus. Original plans called for the stadium to seat 25,000, according to legend, a rock crusher and truck were buried during initial blasting, which still remain buried under the field. Memorial Stadium was dedicated on October 2,1926, to the memory of 112 alumni, the 25, 000-seat stadium—the lower half of the current facility—was built with a 440-yard track that circled the playing field. That first October game against Tulane was marred by rainstorms that washed out a bridge into Columbia coming from the side of Missouri. While the game out, the field could not be sodded due to the wet conditions. Therefore, a surface of sawdust and tree bark was used, grass would be installed thenafter until the 1980s. The highly recognizable rock M of the end zone debuted on October 1,1927. The monument was built by members of the class using leftover rocks from the original stadium construction
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The new 15-story state-of-the-art facility containing press boxes, suites, and a restaurant was constructed in 2000.
The new Daktronics video board installed before the start of the 2009-2010 football season.
Press box view of the redesigned FieldTurf surface for the 2012 season.