In 2008-09, Tiger teams earned three Big 12 postseason crowns – in soccer, men’s basketball and softball. These came 11 years after Mizzou won its last league title.
Throw in two consecutive Big 12 North football championship appearances and Mizzou has all the makings of an athletic renaissance.
Chad Moller, director of media relations at MU, pinpoints the moment the Tigers became the big dog (or cat) on the Big 12 North block: “The moment that stands out for me was our football win against Kansas (University) in 2007,” Moller said.
“It was the number two (Kansas) versus the number three (Missouri) ranked teams and the last week of the regular season. The number one team (Louisiana State University) lost the night before, so the winner was playing for the Big 12 North and a chance to play in their first Big 12 championship game."
“So that’s all on the line," Moller said. "We’re playing at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time ever. It’s sold out. It’s on prime time national television. ESPN College Game Day was there in person. It was just an unbelievable atmosphere.”
Mizzou went on to win the game 36-28 and the 2007 Big 12 North Division title. It was MU's first major football title since the Tigers were named Big Eight Conference co-champions in 1969.
To see your own moment of Mizzou magic, you will need to get tickets. Here’s how:
The best bang for your buck is the Student Season Ticket Combo (SSTC). This pass gets you access to all six home football games, as well as all home basketball games for the 2009-10 season.
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Mizzou Arena Ticket Office for $226 (includes a $6 processing fee).
If basketball isn’t your sport, try the Football Only Season Ticket for $130. Single tickets can also be purchased at the ticket office. It’s first-come, first-serve, so buy early.
Group seating packages are also available. This year, students who want to sit together must hand in a Group Seating Application Packet to the ticket office. Each group must include a minimum of 10 people, which can be a combination of SSTC and Football Only ticket purchasers. In addition, groups must designate a “leader” who’s responsible for picking up and returning the packet.
For the 2009-10 season, student seating will be located in Sections AA to TT, the lower part of the stadium on the east side (rows 1-35 in most sections), and rows 40-78 in Sections AA and BB on the upper east side.
Hardcore fans listen up: MU has a free student spirit group that students can join. Tiger’s Lair is the official cheering section for the MU football team.
With more than 1,500 members, the coveted Tiger's Lair area is located near the front lines of midfield. To get a seat, sign up at the MSA/GPC box office near the west entrance of Brady Commons in August.
The Student Season Ticket Combo for $226 is the best choice economically. However, only a limited number of men’s basketball tickets will be available for SSTC holders to pick up because Mizzou Arena only seats 4,000 people. Again, it’s first- come, first-serve.
Individual tickets can be purchased beginning in mid-September. Pricing varies for each game and seating section.
Make sure to purchase a ticket in the east section if you want to cheer with other students. You’ll be near the “ZouCrew,” the Student Athletic Board, the famous (or infamous) Antlers and the Mini-Mizzou basketball band.
ZouCrew is another free student spirit group that cheer on men’s basketball. The Crew’s 850 members receive courtside seats for home games and priority seating at the “Bragging Rights” game against Illinois.
All Mizzou students with a valid ID will receive free admission to all regular season home events in the following sports: soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling, women’s basketball, softball, baseball, tennis, track and field, swimming, diving and golf.
No matter which sport you prefer, Mizzou has a moment for everyone. “Our students have been incredible over the last few years,” Moller said. “Our home record is one of the best in the country and a large reason is because of the atmosphere the fans create."
“The guys out there playing the game can hear them," Moller said." "They know they’re behind them and it helps. They can make a difference.”
MIZZOU TICKET OFFICE
Location: north side (facing Stadium Boulevard) of Mizzou Arena.
Office hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Phone: 800-CAT-PAWS or 884-PAWS in mid-Missouri.
Thursday, July 16: Single home football tickets will open up to phone and in-person orders at the Mizzou Arena ticket office beginning 8 a.m.
Thursday, July 21: Student tickets for the annual “Bragging Rights” away football game against Illinois on September 5 go on sale. Orders must be placed via phone or in person at the Mizzou Arena Ticket Office. To be eligible to purchase these tickets, you must have a SSTC pass
Tuesday, Sept. 1: Tickets for the Nebraska and Texas games go on sale at 6 p.m. (limit four per game).
Wednesday, Sept. 2: Group Seating Packets must be completed and returned to the Mizzou Ticket Office by 5 p.m. According to the mutigers.com Web site, the deadline will be “strictly enforced.”
Thursday, Sept. 3: SSTC passes can be can be picked up from the Mizzou Arena Ticket Office.
Saturday, Sept. 5: Mizzou vs. Illinois, Edward Jones Dome, St Louis. Kick-off 2.30 p.m. CT.
Thursday, Sept. 10: General admission student tickets go on sale.
Saturday, Sept. 12: Mizzou vs. Bowling Green, Faurot Field, Columbia. Kick-off TBA.
Friday, Sept. 18: Last day to pick up student football tickets from Mizzou Arena Ticket Office.
Note: When picking up tickets, bring a valid MU student ID. You may bring up to three other MU student IDs for a total of four pickup tickets. The other three must have already purchased the SSTC prior to picking up the tickets.