Dear Tiger Nation,
One of the most anticipated times of the year is upon us – the start of another school year! We are very pleased at the University of Missouri Department of Athletics to get another year under way soon. We have so many exciting things to share with our fans and supporters to help get them prepared for the 2013-14 season, and hope this communication is helpful in that regard.
Related to the football season, our fans are doing their part to support the Tigers, as season ticket sales and single-game sales are going extremely well, so we are confident that we will see outstanding crowds cheering on Coach Gary Pinkel and our team this fall. Season ticket sales are tracking to be the second-highest in recorded history at Mizzou.
As you aware, we are undergoing some very exciting renovation and expansion projects throughout the Mizzou Sports Park, and one of the most visible is certainly at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. The official capacity has changed from previous years, and we wanted to alert you to this. Previously, our capacity was listed as 71,004, but in 2013, the capacity will be reduced to 67,124. The figure was reached primarily by the removal of temporary bleachers on the field and on the newly-expanded north concourse that will not be used. Additionally, the renovation of the hill leaves us with a slightly smaller space to seat people.
We have a very informative website – MizzouGameday.com – which we highly encourage fans to bookmark and visit regularly to stay updated for game days. This site will help you with parking or construction updates, and for those on Twitter, be sure to follow the @MizzouGameday handle to stay on top of real-time traffic updates, among many other useful bits of information to add to your game day experience.
A very important change in University policy to bring to your attention is the fact that the MU campus is now entirely smoke free (as of July 1, 2013). In order to promote an enjoyable game day experience for everyone, smoking is not permitted in Memorial Stadium or in the surrounding parking lots. For more information you can visit smokefree.missouri.edu.
Athletics undertook a big project this past off-season, in the form of a fan football game day experience survey. Over 3,700 fans took part in the survey, and they gave us some outstanding feedback. We certainly strive to improve our in-stadium experience every year, so we are taking much of the feedback and using that to make some exciting improvements leading up to the August 31st opener against Murray State. Stay tuned for upcoming details!
We are pleased to report that AT&T has invested in equipment to greatly improve cell coverage on game days. The new system is still being finalized, and when completed this September, it will provide the best in modern wireless connectivity for AT&T subscribers.
Lastly, when you come to Columbia this fall, you'll have a chance to see some very exciting construction projects that are changing the face of the Mizzou Sports Park, and which will provide our student-athletes and fans the top of the line in facilities. I wanted to close with a quick recap of those projects.
The most visible is certainly the work being done at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. For the 2013 season you'll see a brand new grass hill and a sparkling new Rock M. The hill was moved closer to field, and the North concourse was expanded to provide more space and better sight lines. We're very pleased with how this turned out; it's a beautiful look that we hope you'll enjoy. The West tower has been completely renovated, adding new premium seats, a new working media area, and a new elevator. On the opposite side of the field, you will see the progress of the East side project during the season. It might look a little messy for one year, but more importantly, it's the sign of some exciting changes coming our way. When this opens in 2014, there will be new club level seating, a new upper concourse and upper deck seating, and an expanded East side main concourse with much-improved fan amenities. We are so grateful for the wonderful feedback we've received so far from our fans related to this project, as advance sales are strong for the East side premium areas – nearly 50% of the inventory has been sold so far, with a full year left to go!
Other important facets of our current phase of facilities improvements include the Walsworth Family Golf Center, which will open this fall as part of the Club at Old Hawthorne. This facility will provide our golf programs with state-of-the-art hitting and practice areas, new offices, locker rooms, and meeting space.
Our tennis program will proudly open a new facility in the spring of 2014, just in time to play host for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Women's Championships. This facility will feature new outdoor courts, a grandstand for fan seating, as well as new locker rooms, offices and team meeting space for the team.
For baseball, there are new things coming for Taylor Stadium/Simmons Field, with an addition that will open for the 2014 season. Additional seating and restrooms, a new locker room, offices, and meeting space are the features with this project.
This has been quite an extensive update, so we certainly appreciate you taking the time to read through this. Again, I encourage you to visit MizzouGameday.com or pick up a copy of the 2013 Mizzou Football Fan Guide to help you navigate through the changes in parking and other areas for the upcoming season.
As always, we are working very hard at Mizzou to make you proud of our comprehensive program, and while never straying from our three core values of academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive success.
Thank you for your support, we couldn't do it without you! Here's to an exciting 2013-14 season!