COLUMBIA, Mo. – With excitement swirling in the air for the start of football season at Mizzou, the Tiger Scholarship Fund finds itself in a unique situation. Coming off of the Mizzou Football program’s magical 12-2 season a year ago, donations to the TSF has reached an all-time record high. With this success, comes the challenge of providing football parking benefits to the entire base of loyal supporters.
Many times, demand can outweigh supply, and that’s the situation the TSF is currently dealing with related to parking for the upcoming 2014 season. Mizzou received a record number of parking requests this season, and despite the fact that TSF added three previously unused lots to its donor inventory, not all requests will be able to be filled. Associate Athletic Director for Advancement Tim Stedman estimates that about 450 donors who had requested parking will not get a pass this season, and many others will not get in the lot that they had requested.
“First, I would like to thank our entire donor base who have clearly stepped up in response to our transition to the SEC and the related success that our programs have experienced over the last two years” Stedman said. “Equally important, we absolutely sympathize with our supporters who we can’t accommodate this year. We wish we had more parking to provide, but we are simply out of spots. Naturally, those who were unable to get parking will be receiving a refund of the parking payment,” he said.
In an attempt to minimize this disruption, the TSF added several lots to its inventory for 2014, adding approximately 350 new donor spots this season in lots Q, T and W. That addition was off-set with lots J, K, and O, which were provided as an amenity for the new Columns Club (east side) Premium Seating, resulting in a reduced inventory of approximately 550 spots. The total effect of the aforementioned loss of parking availability and record number of requests led to significant increases in priority point minimums and the inability to fulfill all requests. It should be noted that Columns Club memberships have exceeded expectations and that critical revenue stream will be applied toward debt service, thereby allowing continued impactful investments in Mizzou’s Sports Park.
Additionally, Stedman said that the increased demand led to higher than expected minimum levels of giving for most lots, meaning that many people who gave at a certain level to get into a specific lot, didn’t get into their lot of choice.
“As the demand for parking continues to accelerate we are committed to looking at options to enhance the benefit to our donors moving forward,” Stedman said. “We are extremely grateful to our loyal and generous donors for their investment in the well-being of our 520 deserving student-athletes and we look forward to what promises to be another exciting season for Mizzou Football.”
The lot south of Truman’s Landing remains available for general public parking for $25 per game. There are also seven on-campus garages available for game day parking. Most of these garages are free, with the exception of the Tiger Avenue Parking Structure located at the corner of Tiger Avenue and Hospital Drive, and Parking Structure #7, located at the corner of Monk Drive and Virginia Avenue. The fee for these two garages is also $25 per game. Fans are encouraged to visit www.MizzouGameDay.com for more details.
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