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Southeast’s President Vargas announces Houck Stadium Renovations

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Correction: The email was sent on September 1st instead of the 8th

On the evening of Sept. 1, an email was sent from Southeast’s Office of the President. In the email, President Vargas explained Houck Field has been experiencing infrastructure problems for the last several years, specifically the south grandstands concrete bleacher structure.

After a recent assessment of the grandstand, it was decided the south section would need to be closed down to spectators until renovations could be made. The press box located in the area will also be renovated. Due to the decision, there will be a reduced number to stadium capacity during the fall 2021 Redhawk football season. The Redhawks first game takes place tomorrow Sept. 2 against the Saluki’s in the annual rivalry game, “War for the Wheel.”

Conceptual designs for the stadium were completed in August 2019 by the architecture and design firm Hollis + Miller. The firm has plans which could be completed by potentially the start of the fall 2022 season. President Vargas also said fans can expect additional details in the future.