MU student section runs out of seats at Georgia game

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 7:13 p.m. CDT; updated 7:52 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

COLUMBIA — MU students experienced difficulty finding seats in Memorial Stadium’s student section during Saturday’s football game against Georgia.

Most students who couldn’t find seats in the student section resorted to standing in the grass, or wherever they could see the game.

The stadium, including 12,000 student tickets, was sold out, Missouri athletics spokesman Chad Moller said.

“It was so massively overcrowded. There were so many people in the wrong spots,” said MU senior Ryan Campbell. “There was literally no room.”

To adhere to fire codes, stadium employees cleared and roped off rows of bleacher seats. The employees, aided by police, stood watch over the roped off seats and removed anyone who tried to sit there. The crowd became so dense in the student section that many students sat or stood in the stairway.

“I think it’s much safer to keep everyone off the stairs instead of blocking off the bleachers. If that’s your fire code, that’s fine, but I imagine the stairs have to have a fire code as well,” said MU sophomore Brian Czaicki.

Fire codes were not violated at Saturday's game, Moller said.

Some students found their reserved seats already occupied. Normally, group seats in the student section are reserved until kickoff. Students like Campbell, who had reserved group seats before Saturday, arrived prior to kickoff to find their seats occupied.

Employees said they couldn’t do anything about the people in their reserved seats, Campbell said.

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Corey Parks September 10, 2012 | 8:29 p.m.

Really? Fire Codes at a metal and concrete open air stadium?
Reminds me of Hickman Swimming pool in the 90's. It is a metal building and roof with concrete pool deck and water and metal bleachers and a emergency fire extinguisher every 5 feet all the way around the pool. Sometimes building codes defy common sense.

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Corey Parks September 10, 2012 | 10:07 p.m.

I do have a somewhat more serious question. Who were the group of "fans" just to the right of the center field student sections in Rows 1-20 right in front of about the 10-30 yard lines. The lack of yellow and black and cheering made them stick out during the game.

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frank christian September 11, 2012 | 6:27 a.m.

black and gold.

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Sandra Hayes September 11, 2012 | 8:36 a.m.

Corey, that group of people are kids who went to Mizzou football camp over the summer and can recieve 3 tickets to the game as an unofficial recruit. We were sitting in the end zone and I thought they were a rather quiet group also, they stuck out because they didnt have the towells all the others students had in that area.

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