Let's start by checking out this video of Faurot Field being stripped of its old turf, in what ESPN.com's Edward Aschoff referred to as looking like "something from the days of gladiator entertainment."
Mizzou athletic director Mike Alden apparently wrote an open letter telling Tigers fans the field was getting a facelift, and that appears to be what's happening here. Mizzou is going to put down new turf and redesign the field to have diamond shapes in the end zones, a slightly larger Tigers logo at midfield and of course an SEC logos somewhere in there, right? New beginnings and such.
This is what it's supposed to look like:
With decreased state support, greater challenges on our faculty and staff, significant growth in our student population and greater demands on our infrastructure, we have a need in Missouri for all of us to invest even more in Higher Education. The same is true for Athletics. While we are in no way the most important activity at Mizzou (education, teaching, research, healthcare, etc. are much, much more important), we may be one of the strongest advertising vehicles we have. We have to invest even more in Intercollegiate Athletics to continue the momentum we have experienced and our solid focus to be a self-sustaining entity at Mizzou. The costs to compete have risen and will continue to do so, particularly in the SEC ... and we need to invest to meet those challenges.
Uh huh. The cost of this turf project on football field is estimated at $1.5 million, just a little more than it would cost for 68 Missouri-resident students to attend the university for the fall and spring semesters.