COLUMBIA — Clear skies, comfortable autumn temperatures and the promise of a sellout at Memorial Stadium set the stage for MU's centennial Homecoming.
Temperatures should stay in the mid-to-low 60s for Campus Decorations and the Spirit Rally in Greektown from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Butch Dye of the National Weather Service said.
Saturday’s forecast looks just as nice with temperatures in the upper 60s for the Homecoming Parade in the morning and low 70s for the afternoon game with Iowa State. Dye said to expect a clear, sunny sky for the 1 p.m. kickoff.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better weather forecast,” Todd McCubbin, executive director of the Mizzou Alumni Association, said.
“I think Chester Brewer is up there helping us out," he said.
Brewer, a former athletics director, is credited with being the father of MU’s Homecoming. He will be honored as the posthumous grand marshal of the centennial Homecoming Parade, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
“We’re really excited about the possible turnout this year for the parade," Morgan Adrian, director of the Homecoming Parade, said. "We’re hoping this year, with the weather being so nice and it being the centennial, that tons of alumni return to help us celebrate.”
Chad Moller, director of media relations for Tiger Athletics, said Thursday morning that a few hundred general admission game tickets were available at the Mizzou Arena ticket office.
“We’re quickly approaching sellout status,” Moller said.
Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 71,004.
"I don't want to jinx it because every year it seems like we're watching the sky for rain," McCubbin said. "But I think we're going to be very fortunate this year for Homecoming."