Columbia residents react to future match up with BYU
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Athletic Department announced early Thursday that the football team will playing in a two game series against BYU in the coming years.
The first game is scheduled to be played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City November 14, 2015. The second game will take place at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Utah Nov. 7, 2020.
Next year's contest will be the first MU game played at Arrowhead Stadium since the Tigers took on the Kansas Jayhawks in 2011.
The Athletic Department heralded the news on its Twitter account.
Columbia residents reacted to this differently.
Harpo's bartender Andy Johnson said he was originally surprised to hear the news.
"It's just such a random match up," Johnson said. "We have nothing in common with BYU."
But Johnson said he still thinks he likes the idea of playing BYU.
"They're an independent team so they're in a conference where they can kind of go wherever they want to and apparently BYU hasn't been around this region in some time," Johnson said. "I like that they're trying to branch out and go different places."
And Johnson said businesses could benefit from this new match up, too.
"Harpo's is actually a Kansas City bar so I wouldn't be surprised if the game didn't bring a crowd to watch it," Johnson said.
Columbia resident and Kansas City native Avery Russell said she isn't as excited about the new BYU series.
"I'm indifferent about it," Russell said. "They're not a part of the SEC so why are we doing it?"
Russell said she's curious about why this is happening.
"It just seems so random," Russell said.
She said she might be more excited if it was a match up with a team Missouri had history with.
"I wish it was Kansas!" Russell said. "I don't know why they did BYU over Kansas. I think that's going to be the main question, at least everyone from Kansas City that's Mizzou alumni, saying why can't we just play Kansas again?"
Others took to twitter wishing MU was planning to play Kansas, too.
Holding out hope that tomorrow's announcement will involve the continuation of the Border War and not just stinkin' BYU. #Mizzou— Ryan Layton (@TheRyanLayton) November 13, 2014
Current Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid played college football at BYU.