Frozen fans set for long wait for tickets to basketball Border Showdown

Thursday, December 8, 2011 | 11:06 p.m. CST; updated 11:59 a.m. CST, Friday, December 9, 2011
MU freshmen Mason Schara and Katie Anderson sit outside Mizzou Arena on Thursday night waiting to buy tickets to the Missouri men's basketball game against Kansas in February. Schara and Anderson were holding a spot in line and waiting for their friend to show up later in the evening with a tent.

COLUMBIA — About a dozen people were already waiting in line at about 9 p.m. Thursday outside Mizzou Arena, hoping to be among the first students to get tickets for this season's Missouri men's basketball game against Kansas in early February in Columbia.

There are only 4,000 student tickets available for the game, the last time the Tigers will play host to the Jayhawks as members of the Big 12 Conference. The teams are scheduled to play a second time in Lawrence, Kan., in late February.

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WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday
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The line is expected to grow considerably before the MU ticket office opens at 7 a.m. Friday. Those waiting in line expected most students to arrive around midnight.

Missouri, ranked No. 10 in the country with a 8-0 record, plays next against Navy (3-7) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mizzou Arena. The game is scheduled to be televised on KOMU. No. 13 Kansas is set to host No. 2 Ohio State at 2:15 p.m Saturday.

Basketball fans might not be the only only ones waiting in line Friday morning. There are likely to be football fans in line at 9 a.m. at the box office at the MU Student Center, when Tiger's Lair will begin selling a package for the Missouri football team's appearance at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

A student ticket to the game, transportation and a one-night hotel stay are priced at $9.99.

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