MU prepares for students and tailgaters sharing parking lots

4 years 2 months 1 week ago Thursday, November 05 2015 Nov 5, 2015 Thursday, November 05, 2015 7:09:00 AM CST November 05, 2015 in News
By: Phil Bergman, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA- Unlike most Missouri football games, the Tigers are strapping up the laces this week on a Thursday night. 

For the first time since 2009, and the third time in school history, Missouri will be playing on a Thursday. With classes still in session on Thursday for MU students, parking became an issue, as many wondered whether students would be able to park in their commuter spots, since these spots are also donor parking lots for football games.

"We've had an academics subcommittee, an operations subcommittee and a communications subcommittee and we've been looking at things very holistically and checking out everything that would go in to this game day to make everything go as smoothly as possible," said Tony Wirkus, Director of Event Management for Mizzou Athletics. For the past year Wirkus and his staff have been working to make sure everything runs smoothly for the weekday game in regards to parking. 

On game-day, students who normally park in the donor parking lots will have access until 4 p.m. After this time their cars will be towed from the lots to make space for fans attending the game. Fans and tailgaters will have permission to enter the lots starting at 4:30 p.m. For those MU students and staff who may need to stay on campus after 4 p.m.

In a previous interview, KOMU 8 News was told Tiger Garage and Parking Structure #7 were available for student parking. After further clarification from Nathan Hurst of MU News Bureau, this will not be the case for Thursday's game. A list of approved garages and parking lots for students to move their vehicles to can be found here

Students don't seem too upset about the change in parking for Thursday.

"I'm fine with it, since I like to tailgate and the whole game day atmosphere," said Dylan Demkowicz, an MU student. Demkowicz works on campus after 4 p.m. on Thursdays and will be one of the students who has to move to another lot during the day. Since it's to help out fans, he's fine with doing so this one time. "It's nice to have a night game here, with the sold and crowd and ESPN here."

The Tigers kick-off against the Bulldogs at 8 p.m. Thursday night. 

For a link to see which lots have restricted parking before 4:30 p.m., click here

More News

Grid
List
MID-MISSOURI - Another week in January, and another winter storm. This time around it will likely all happen in one... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Friday, January 17, 2020 4:51:00 AM CST January 17, 2020 in Weather
COLUMBIA - With colder temperatures expected to arrive in mid-Missouri, shelters are preparing to care for those in need. ... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:27:00 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One Missouri lawmaker's bill could create new curriculum for schools in the state. House Bill 2153, sponsored... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:21:00 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that he plans to fight efforts to expand the number... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:06:00 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
NEW FRANKLIN — In a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon, New Franklin police chief Mike Wise announced plans to step down.... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 2:14:00 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The announcement of Pinnacle Regional Hospital's closing came suddenly this week, even catching residents off guard who expected... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:57:00 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, an action at the... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:35:15 PM CST January 16, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON DC - The United States Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, 89-10, on Wednesday morning, and Senators Josh Hawley... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:32:00 AM CST January 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia is preparing for a possible winter storm forecast for Friday, Jan. 17, per a... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:02:00 AM CST January 16, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- State senators heard testimony on a bill Thursday morning that could give law enforcement a leg up in... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:52:00 AM CST January 16, 2020 in News
MILTON, FL - Katie Prestesater, a native of Columbia, was recognized as the Naval Air Station Whiting Field Senior Civilian... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:09:00 AM CST January 16, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A total of $6 million is available for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the state,... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:45:00 AM CST January 16, 2020 in News
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE - A B-2 Stealth Bomber, supported by Team Whiteman’s maintenance Airmen and a ground crew of... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:43:00 AM CST January 16, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for robbing a St.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:06:00 AM CST January 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Holiday Inn Expo Center will be bustling with diversity leaders and community members Thursday morning for the... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 16 2020 Jan 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:30:00 AM CST January 16, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Faith Mejia's children know to drop to the ground whenever they hear gunshots. In 2019 alone, three homicides... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, January 15 2020 Jan 15, 2020 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 9:15:00 PM CST January 15, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Missouri Democrats disagreed with parts of Governor Parson's State of the State Address this afternoon. Democrats held... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, January 15 2020 Jan 15, 2020 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 8:09:00 PM CST January 15, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- For the second time as governor, Mike Parson went before state lawmakers Wednesday afternoon to deliver the annual... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, January 15 2020 Jan 15, 2020 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:06:00 PM CST January 15, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 29°
11am 28°
12pm 29°
1pm 30°
2pm 30°