Missouri athletics department offers more tickets for students, ends group seating

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 3:38 p.m. CDT

How to print tickets at home

1.) Log into your student account at using your student ID number and password. This is not your pawprint password.

2.) On the home page under "My Upcoming Events," click on the "manage this event" button to the right of the South Dakota State box.

3.) On the next page, click the "Print-at-Home" or "Transfer tickets" tab. (If you transfer a ticket it will only be valid for use by a current Mizzou student with a valid student ID.) Once the tab is selected, check the box next to your ticket and click on the "print" or "transfer" button (depending on which one you selected previously) at the top right of the "Manage My Tickets" box.

4.) A box will appear, click "Continue to print".

5.) Proceed to the checkout screen and agree to the terms of use by checking the box to the left of the terms. Click the "Submit" button, which will download your PDF ticket file in the browser.

6.) Finally, click on the downloaded PDF ticket file and print your ticket to the game.

COLUMBIA — MU student football tickets are already sold out, but for the first time, students who still want to attend the games have access to a new general admission section located on the hill in the north end zone.

General admission season tickets are sold at a discounted rate to students for $165, the same price as football-only season tickets, according to the Missouri athletics department website. Combo tickets for football and basketball — with a seat on the hill and a student season ticket to Tiger basketball — are on sale for $245.

Other key changes to student ticketing this year are a print-at-home option for both football and basketball games and ending the group seating option, which was popular with fraternities and sororities.

Students who purchase general admission season tickets won't be able to print their tickets at home and will need to go to the ticket office at Mizzou Arena to pick them up. These tickets will not give students access to the student section.

The two changes are intended to eliminate wait time for student purchasers and make the entire student section first-come, first-served, according to the website. Tiger's Lair, the official student fan section, will keep its reserved student seating.

"The most problematic aspect of the previous group seating system was that blocks of seats would be held, and people wouldn’t show up, forcing big pockets of empty seats to be held well after kickoff, when there were plenty of students to fill those seats," Missouri athletics department spokesman Chad Moller said. "That doesn’t make sense logistically, and it certainly looked bad aesthetically, with open sections for all to see."

Some group members are frustrated by the policy changes.

"It was nice last year because when you got to the game, you knew where everyone was sitting," said Brendan Lewis, an MU finance major and active Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity member.

Coordinating seating can be hard when cell phones don't work in the stadium, as is often the case, he said.

The athletics department announced last Friday that student season tickets for the season were sold out.

The increased number of student ticket purchases has helped push the school to its second-highest season ticket total in history, according to the website. Missouri has already eclipsed last season's total of 42,256 and is closing in on selling 44,000 season tickets for this year's seven home games.

The current number of season tickets sold in 2014 falls behind only the 2012 number of 46,786, according to the website.

The Tigers open the season against South Dakota State University at Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Supervising editor is Caroline Bauman.

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