COLUMBIA — Missouri football season tickets have sold out for the first time on record, the MU athletics department announced Thursday.
The athletics department said its goal was to sell 45,000 season tickets for 2012, and it has surpassed that number by selling an estimated 46,500. The athletics department said it has not yet determined the exact number of season tickets sold.
Both public and student season tickets are sold out. The remaining tickets, including general admission and allotments for visiting teams, are sold on a single-game basis.
The sellout comes as the Tigers are set to begin their first season in the Southeastern Conference.
"What a remarkable showing by our fans," Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said in a release. "They have really embraced our program and our move to the SEC. We asked them to step up, and they’ve done it in a major way, and we couldn’t be more appreciative."
Previously, the highest number of season tickets sold was 41,413 in 2008, following the season in which Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin led the Tigers to a 12-2 season and a Cotton Bowl win over Arkansas. Last year, fans purchased 39,879 season tickets.
"We’ve noted since making the move to the SEC that it would be a gradual process of getting fully acclimated to our new home, but our fans are clearly excited and ahead of that curve," MU Athletics Director Mike Alden said in the release. "This is truly an historic benchmark which everyone in Tiger Nation can take pride in."
Missouri, which landed wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the nation's No. 1 recruit according to Rivals.com this past offseason, will play seven home games at Memorial Stadium this season.
The first home game is set for Sept. 1 against nonconference opponent Southeastern Louisiana. The first game against an SEC opponent is just one week later at home against Georgia. A much-anticipated game against defending national champion Alabama is set for Oct. 13 in Columbia.
The athletics department has upgraded the south end zone bleachers at Memorial Stadium and converted the old south end zone bleachers into permanent bleachers behind the north end zone. Previously, the department had brought in portable bleachers for the north end zone for certain games over the course of each season.
Currently, Tiger Scholarship Fund members can purchase single-game tickets to SEC games, followed by regular season ticket holders. If any remain, single-game tickets to SEC games will go on sale to the public at 6 p.m. Aug. 24.