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7 expensive college football stadium renovations to open this weekend

Several renovations focused on more seating and fan amenities, while two new stadiums prove “less is more.”

College football season kicks off this weekend and several FBS athletic departments are unveiling the completion of major facilities projects. Scroll down to see the most expensive stadium upgrades:

Ohio State (Ohio Stadium) – $9 million

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Project highlights: Approximately 2,600 additional seats to the south end zone (ESPN)

Michigan State (Spartan Stadium) – $24.5 million

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Project highlights: New recruitment center for all sports; campus-wide media center; new football locker rooms and team spaces (mLive.com)

Missouri (Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium) – $45.5 million

(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Project highlights: Approximately 4,100 additional seats; 1,200 new premium seats; expanded concourse areas (The Kansas City Star)

Mississippi State (Davis Wade Stadium) – $75 million

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Project highlights: Approximately 6,000 additional seats; 22 additional club suites; a second video board (ESPN)

LSU (Tiger Stadium) – $80 million

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Project highlights: Approximately 8,000 additional seats; 66 premium suites; two new video boards (The Times-Picayune)

Houston (TDECU Stadium) – $120 million

(houstonfootballstadium.com)
(houstonfootballstadium.com)

Project highlights: Designed by DLR Group and Page, the stadium seats 40,000 with room to expand to 60,000; features an in-stadium view of the downtown Houston skyline (Houston Business Journal)

Baylor (McLane Stadium) – $260 million

(Populus.com)
(Populus.com)

Project highlights: Designed by Populus, the new stadium seats 45,000 with room to expand to 55,000; a pedestrian walking bridge to campus (CBS Sports). Visit For The Win for a time lapse video of McLane stadium’s construction.

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