MU athletics issue heat warning for Saturday's football opener

Thursday, August 29, 2013 | 5:55 p.m. CDT; updated 12:40 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 30, 2013

COLUMBIA — With temperatures expected to reach the high 90s on Saturday, the MU athletics department on Thursday released a heat warning for fans planning to attend the 6 p.m. football opener against Murray State.

To help combat the threat of heat, Memorial Stadium will be stocked with mist stations and water jugs, according to a news release from the athletics department.

Fans will be able to bring a factory-sealed bottle of water into the stadium and any empty, non-glass water bottle to fill at the water jugs, which will be on the East Concourse of the stadium, according to the release.  

Free cups of ice will be available to fans, and concession stands will carry twice as much water as they typically have on stock.

The athletics department is also encouraging fans to wear loose-fitting clothing, seek shade as often as possible and be aware of the emergency first aid station, which is on the West Concourse of the stadium.

The athletics department declared a "heat advisory" for Saturday's game. As of Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service had not announced a Saturday heat advisory for Columbia, but it had issued a hazardous-weather outlook.

Missourian writer Matthew Fairburn contributed to this article.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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