Memorial Stadium is a football stadium located in Lawrence, Kansas, on the campus of the University of Kansas. The stadium is dedicated as a memorial to the KU students who died in World War I, the primary use of the stadium is to host the Universitys football intercollegiate athletic team. Memorial Stadium was built in 1920 funded by students, faculty, originally the stadium had only east and west bleachers, which were expanded southward in 1925. The north bowl seating section was added in 1927 to give the stadium its horseshoe shape which it retains today, the west bleachers were expanded significantly upwards in 1963, with similar additions to the east side in 1965. A major renovation in 1978 repaired concrete and upgraded home and visiting team facilities, permanent lights were installed in 1997 and the current infrastructure is the result of a 1998 renovation. The press box and scholarship suites saw significant improvement and expansion in 1999, the field has been artificial turf since 1970. In the summer of 2009 the old AstroPlay surface was replaced with FieldTurf, in 2006, the playing field was named Kivisto Field in honor of prominent donor Tom Kivisto. The University of Kansas broke ground on the new $31-million Anderson Family Football Complex on October 6,2006, and it opened in 2008. The building includes offices, academic areas, a room, locker rooms, an audio-visual room, meeting rooms, a cardio room, a hydro-therapy room, a nutrition area. It is also joined by new fields to the southeast of the stadium. On September 17,2009, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a $34 million addition of seating on the east side of the stadium. The addition, known as the Gridiron Club, will increase the capacity by 3,000 seats. However, as of 2015, construction has yet to begin, in the summer of 2014 the track around the football field was removed and artificial turf was laid in its place. The stadiums current official capacity is 50,071, a then-record crowd of 51,574 saw the Jayhawks defeat Kansas State 25–18 in 1973. At the Jayhawks November 5,2005 streak-snapping 40–15 victory over Nebraska, it was announced that attendance record was broken. On November 18,2006 a then record of 51,821 fans watched the Jayhawks defeat Kansas State. The home attendance average of 44,137 in seven games during the set a new season record. Over the last three seasons, stadium attendance has averaged more than 41,000 per game, on November 1,2008 the Jayhawks set a new record of 52,230 fans in attendance
Image: Aerial View of University of Kansas Stadium 08 31 2013
Kansas Football's new practice fields and tailgaters on the hill below the Campanile.