The first SEC home game for the Missouri Tigers is this Saturday and a sellout crowd and extra tailgaters will be on hand for this historic game, which means increased traffic coming into Columbia and around Memorial Stadium. Sgt. Paul Reinsch, Public Information Officer for the Missouri Highway Patrol says they are beefing up 58 patrol officers, both inside and outside for the game.
Sgt. Reinsch recommends Tiger fans arrive early and have a little more patience with Georgia fans, who may be unfamiliar with Columbia. They are estimating at least 6,000 Bulldogs fans will be here for the game.
AUDIO Driving tips and information from the Missouri Highway Patrol (2:00)
Other pregame festivities and items to consider.
TIGER WALK – Approximately 4:30 p.m. this Saturday, the Mizzou team will arrive via bus at the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex. Don’t miss the opportunity to join in on this game day tradition that has become a fan favorite and welcome the team and coaches as they cross the Tiger Walk Bridge, spanning Providence Road, and walk down behind the stadium to their locker room.
GOLD RUSH – All fans are encouraged to wear gold to all of the Tigers’ games, with the exception of the annual Blackout game.
TICKETS SOLD OUT – Tickets for this game have sold out entirely. The Mizzou Arena Ticket Office will open at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday for those needing to pick up their purchased tickets.
PARKING INFORMATION – Parking lots will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday. For information on general public parking, visit mizzougameday.com. Tailgating tents should not exceed 10′x10′ and may not be set up prior to Saturday when the parking lots open. RV lots will open at 6 p.m. on Friday evening. Fans can park in any general public lot (Reactor – GP, Dalton – GP, Maryland Ave. Garage, Lot M – Disability Friendly [ADA Hang Tags Only] and Parking Structure #7 during any home game this season for $25. For a complete map of the public parking areas, click here.
PASS OUTS – This is a reminder that there are NO pass outs at our football games. For many years our fans have had the chance to enter the stadium for the start of the game, exit at some point and re-enter. That will not be possible for the 2012 season and going forward, per SEC policy. We know this will be an adjustment for some of you, and we appreciate your understanding.