Homecoming Fans Starting to Trickle In

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COLUMBIA - Homecoming weekend draws in thousands of MU alumni, football fans and families each year. Mid-Missouri hotels fill quickly, and this year is no exception.

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Samantha Cook, sales and catering manager at the Tiger Hotel, says reservations for this weekend began pouring in as far back as a year ago. She says as the only downtown Columbia hotel, homecoming weekend is one of its busiest.

"We've definitley seen a lot of reservations and a lot of people calling," Cook said. "Unfortunately we've been sold out for a number of months at this point. It's exciting and great having a lot of new people coming into town."

This year marks the 102nd MU Homecoming celebration. The football game against South Carolina kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday.