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MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou Director of Athletics Mike Alden
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Mizzou Director of Athletics Mike Alden
MUTIGERS.COM

Aug. 20, 2005

Columbia, Mo. - As hard as it is to believe, the 2005 college football season is upon us. The Missouri Tigers open the season Saturday, September 3rd in Kansas City, Mo., against Arkansas State. There are plenty of tickets available for the 11 a.m. kickoff, and we're hoping for a nice crowd to show up at Arrowhead Stadium to help get the season off to a rousing start. Call 1-800-CAT-PAWS or log on to www.mutigers.com to purchase your tickets for that game, or if you need single game or season tickets for the 2005 season.

I've had many people ask about how we got a game such as this to the Kansas City area, so I'd like to review that briefly before moving on to other subjects. This particular game was scheduled to be played in Jonesboro, Ark., but when asked about the idea, the good folks at ASU were open to the concept of taking it to Arrowhead. We asked about this, because Missouri has wanted to play a game in Kansas City for a long time (remember, it's been 60 years since MU last played there). We are always hesitant to move a home game out of town, however, because a home football Saturday is so valuable to the Columbia economy, that's just not something we will look to do. So, when the opportunity came up in this instance, Arkansas State was amenable to making the switch, and they will be the home team, despite the fact that they are playing in our home state. It is no coincidence that ASU Director of Athletics Dean Lee, who was instrumental in getting this game moved there, was on staff at Oklahoma State back in 1998, when OSU moved a home game against Nebraska from Stillwater, Okla., to Arrowhead Stadium. That game met with great success and interest, and that is exactly what both schools now are trying to achieve. We hope that you will be able to come join us for a great game at reasonable prices on Labor Day Weekend!

Mizzou will open the home schedule September 10th, hosting New Mexico (a bowl team each of the past three seasons) in a 6 p.m. kickoff. When you arrive at the game, you will notice some parking changes around the stadium. It is my hope that by using this space to communicate those alterations, it will give our fans plenty of time to prepare.

Below is an overview of the changes you will notice when you park at Memorial Stadium. We have provided a map of the area to the newspaper which runs this column, in order to further illustrate these changes. This information is also available on our official website, www.mutigers.com.

Changes to football parking for 2005 home games include:

Lot SG (Amphitheater behind south stands) has been removed. Approximately 35 donors recently received a letter that this lot would no longer be used for donor priority parking due to safety and access issues for the visiting team. This area will be used as an extension of Lot S (directly behind south stands).

Lot D (Tom Taylor Complex parking) had been reduced. Approximately half of the lot will be lost due to construction set to begin later this fall on our brand new state-of-the-art $16 million renovation and expansion of the Tom Taylor Complex. Most contributors in this area will be moved to their second choice of parking lots. This will create a domino effect throughout all of our entire lots. A letter has been sent to all individuals in Lot D alerting them to this.

Lot L (across Stadium Blvd. in the dormitory lots) has been reduced. Due to the construction of new residences halls north of the stadium, we will lose approximately 20 spaces in Lot L.

Lot O (immediately east of Mizzou Arena) addition. This lot was completed halfway through the football season last year and we will now be able to use this area as donor parking; 250 spaces will help us absorb the impact of the loss of spots in Lot D

Lot P (south of Mizzou Arena) utilization. Athletics department staff will be moved from Lot M to Lot P. This will free up some 200 spaces east of the Hearnes Center for donors to also help absorb the loss of spots in Lot D.

Reactor Field (across Providence Road, south of the stadium) addition. Approximately 1,000 spaces will be available for general public use in this nice, new lot, which used to be a grass field that became difficult to navigate when rain came. The cost will be $10 per car/ per game. After expenses are paid, money generated from this lot will be split with parking services.

RV parking in Lot C (southwest of pressbox). All Westside donor RV parking will be moved to Lot C - with a plan in place to create numbered parking spaces for RVs. Lot G (south of Memorial Stadium) and Lot M (east of the Hearnes Center) will still accommodate donor RV parking. General public RV parking will be available by the band practice field (east of Mizzou Arena) for a flat $50 fee.

I know that those are quite a few changes to throw everyone's way all at once, but we feel like we have put a solid plan in place that is responsive to our fans' needs and that still provides quality parking opportunities for this fall. I want to thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at Faurot Field during what should be an exciting 2005 season!

As always, if you have any questions about this topic, or anything related to Mizzou Athletics or collegiate athletics in general, don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail, at aldenm@missouri.edu.

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