University of Missouri Mizzou Arena


University of Missouri


Construction Cost
$75 million

Completion Date

Project Size
15,000 seats

University of Missouri Mizzou Arena


After playing 28 years in the Warren E. Hearnes Multipurpose Building, the rich tradition of Missouri college basketball continues in this new arena. Although the arena is designed primarily for basketball, concerts, gymnastics, and other university activities can be held in the arena.

The seating bowl features a unique section for the students behind the basket. The seating geometry is designed to put fans as close to the court as possible, recreating the atmosphere and intimacy of a traditional fieldhouse.

Walter P Moore provided structural engineering design services for the facility. The primary soil conditions indicated that bearing on rock was the appropriate foundation to support the building. Structural framing for the lower seating bowl, portions of the club level and concourse level is cast-in-place concrete. The upper seating bowl is framed with precast tread and riser units bearing on cast-in-place beams.

The roof structure is metal decking over a system of long-span structural steel trusses over the arena bowl. Standing seam metal roof covers the seating bowl area and occurs at the north and south ends of the sloped seating bowl roof.

Ballasted pavers on modified bitumen on metal deck is used over the concourse areas. The interior walls are primarily concrete masonry units, ground-face, scored
and/or painted.

The facility provides offices for both men’s and women’s basketball programs, a practice court, strength and conditioning area, player and coaches locker rooms, player lounge-study area, training treatment area and video viewing rooms.