Southeast Missouri State University’s Board of Governors approved plans Friday to begin renovating Houck Field. The first phase of the project will include demolition of the currant south grandstand structure as well as construction of a new south seating bowl and concourse with new restrooms and concession areas. Current plans indicate this phase will be complete in time for the Fall 2022 season. The south side of the stadium was abruptly shut down last month, just as the Redhawks were preparing for their season-opening football game. At the time, officials said safety concerns prompted the action. Beyond the initial work to be finished, the remainder of the South Sideline project has two additional phases that will be completed as funding is identified. Items to be incorporated in these phases include a locker room for the football and soccer teams, an athletic training space, centralized ticketing, and a two-level press box, equipped with operational areas and a new club level. Future plans for the Houck Field renovations will not be limited to the South Sideline rebuild. Additional phases will involve renovation of the North Sideline seating area and construction of a new field house. The university with Hollis + Miller, an architecture and design firm located in Kansas City, Missouri Conceptual designs for a renovation to the stadium were finished in August of 2019 and have served as the focal point of the Department of Athletics’ plan to rebuild Houck Field.