Fans Grapple with Heat at Faurot
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department said Monday that relentless heat led to a monumental spike in the number of heat-related incidents at Faurot Field Saturday.
Captain Brian Weimer said paramedics helped more fans Saturday than they did in the entire 2012 season, when first responders helped 109 fans.
The department said paramedics responded to more than 120 heat-related incidents Saturday afternoon, as Missouri kicked off against the Toledo Rockets at 2:30 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature hit a 96 degree daytime high when the Tigers were in the first half of action.
First responders also dealt with far more heat-related incidents than they did on Aug. 31, when the Tigers hosted Murray State. The game started at 6 p.m., but the daytime heat index reached up into the triple digits.
Saturday's game was the second-hottest game played in an SEC college town. Only Texas A&M fans dealt with hotter temperatures, as the daytime high reached 97 degrees Saturday when the Aggies hosted Sam Houston State.
Tiger fans and players could see cooler temperatures in future weeks. The Tigers play next at Indiana on Sept. 21, where the average high temperature in Bloomington this month is 78 degrees. The Tigers then play next at home against Arkansas State on Sept. 28. The average high in Columbia in late Sept. is in the mid-70s.