It has been a long time coming for the Kansas football program to renovate its stadium. Last week, the team's social media account shared first-look pictures of stadium construction. Since then, there has been tremendous progress toward the destruction of the old David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.
This morning, KU Athletic Director Travis Goff shared some overhead photos of the demolition on his X (formerly Twitter) account. On top of the Touchdown Club being removed from last week, we now see the entire North Bowl section annihilated. See the photos for yourself below.
Some passers-by also took some snapshots while they were in the area.
The stadium that Kansas football fans have known for so long is changing right before us. These renovations will last for nearly two years, so this is just the beginning of the construction. The entire West Bowl is also expected to be demolished.
There have been discussions that the Jayhawks would play games in Arrowhead Stadium next year, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs. That is because 'The Booth' will have a limited capacity for the 2024 season, somewhere in the 25,000 range. KU Chancellor Douglas Girod confirmed the rumors and said a decision could be expected around January.
While the stadium upgrades are still in the early stages, weight room and locker room upgrades have been finished in the Anderson Family Football Complex. These are all components of the Phase I Gateway District project that the school committed to earlier this year.
Watching the stadium torn down is a bittersweet moment for Kansas football fans. However, it also marks a fresh start to a program that is on the upswing under head coach Lance Leipold, and the end product will absolutely be worth it.
Fans can watch the demolition live on three different cameras by going on KUGatewayDistrict.com.