COLUMBIA — The Missouri Tigers' transition to the Southeastern Conference continues to bring benefits to MU.
Mike Alden, MU athletics director, released a list of updates for the upcoming athletic season in an online news release Monday.
In November, after the initial announcement that MU would join the SEC, Alden said MU needs to "step up to an even higher level as we entered the strongest conference in all of college athletics."
In Monday's release, Alden said MU has done just that for the transition. Athletics facilities will be improved, ticket sales are on track to reach a record sale point, donations to the scholarship fund are tracking 18 percent ahead of the same time last year, and new uniforms were revealed in the spring.
- Facility improvements: The athletics department unveiled a $200 million master plan for facility improvements in and around the Sports Park. The plan was jumpstarted by a $30 million donation from the Kansas City Sports Trust.
- Ticket sales: MU is close to reaching its goal of selling more than 45,000 season tickets. "We will sell more season football tickets for the inaugural SEC football season than we ever have in the history of Tiger Football," Alden said.
- Tiger Scholarship Fund: The fund is tracking 18 percent ahead compared to this time last year. The goal for the fund is 10,000 donors and $10 million annually.
- Uniforms: Brand new Nike uniforms for football, soccer and volleyball will emphasize "Mizzou." Alden said the hope is that the new uniforms will be a "great advertising vehicle for the entire University and the State of Missouri."
- Pass outs: There will be no entering the stadium for start of game, exiting and then re-entering. "That will not be possible for the 2012 season and going forward, per SEC rules," Alden said.
- Marching Mizzou is being relocated to sections CC and DD on the east side of stands, which places the band with the students.
- Men's basketball benches: The Missouri men's basketball bench will now be in front of section 116 and the visiting team in front of 114, as "the SEC requires the visiting team to be located away from the home students and bands."
- Smoking: While smoking is already prohibited in and around the athletic facilities, by July 1, 2014, the entire university will be smoke free.