Southeast Missouri State University
- Houck Stadium
The stadium’s natural site is located within an existing quarry and will create a unique environment for many future student, community and athletic events.
Hollis + Miller was tasked with redesigning a new 10,000-seat stadium for Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) to transform its 91-year-old existing stadium into a new front porch for Redhawk athletics and SEMO’s campus. Focusing on the player, fan and recruiting experience was key to help form a new identity and provide a multi-phase, multi-use development revitalizing the gateway connecting the University and downtown Cape Girardeau.
As one of the largest, most ambitious construction projects in the university’s nearly 150-year history, the project will transform SEMO’s stadium into a vibrant multi-use complex spanning nearly 10-acres. The facility will provide more than 175,000 square feet of flexible, high-capacity, and modern space to house academic programs, provide space for experiential learning activities supported by public-private partnerships, create venues for economic and community events, and renovate space for athletic competitions (University, high school and community).
The project is the result of the University’s desire to create an integrated, hybrid facility focusing on SEMO students, faculty, and staff – academically, personally, and professionally – designed to serve visitors and members of the community. Located within an existing quarry, our team seized the opportunity to expose the natural qualities of the rock to create a unique environment for fans to gather and engage, creating memorable experiences tailored to individual needs.