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Tickets tight for Tigers

MU faces Illinois in the team’s opening game on Saturday.
Friday, August 29, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:02 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Football fans who want tickets to the Missouri-Illinois Border War game on Saturday at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis can still get them, but they’ll see more of the tops of players’ helmets than their numbers.

The only tickets left for Saturday’s game are for seats in the top level of the dome. Fans can buy $30 tickets for the sidelines and $15 seats in either end zone.

About 7,000 tickets for the game remained as of Thursday afternoon, said Marc Schreiber, director of marketing and communications for the St. Louis Sports Commission. To purchase tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.com or visit the Edward Jones Dome box office. The dome seats about 65,000 for football games.

Schreiber said he expects about 1,000 more tickets to be sold than in 2002, when 61,876 attended the game. Because of an NCAA rule limiting the number of games played in a season, MU and Illinois are not scheduled to play again until 2008.

Preseason magazines predict Missouri will be playing in the postseason this year. If that’s not the case, though, then Saturday’s game might be a good place to pretend.

“It’s really a bowl-type atmosphere,” said Todd McCubbin, assistant executive director of the MU Alumni Association.

The alumni association is hosting a tailgate Saturday at 9 a.m. in Hall No. 3 of America’s Center, a convention center connected to the west side of the dome. Admission is free and there will be concession stands serving breakfast food. Speakers include UM System President Elson Floyd; Mike Alden, athletic director; and Todd Coleman, alumni association executive director.

“We have space for a lot of people,” McCubbin said.

In 2002 about 3,000 people attended, and McCubbin said he expects that many or more to come this year.

The Tigers’ first home game is Sept. 13 against Eastern Illinois. According to Marty Finn, MU’s director of ticket operations, home game ticket sales are ahead of 2002’s pace.

Anticipating a win against Nebraska for the first time in 25 years, single-game reserved tickets to the Oct. 11 game are sold out. Season tickets are still available, as well as seats in temporary bleachers in the Memorial Stadium concourse.

Finn said MU will sell season tickets until about Sept. 20, when MU plays Middle Tennessee State, or until none remain. If season tickets do not sell out, then more reserved-seating Nebraska tickets will become available.

To buy tickets to home games, visit the Hearnes Center box office, call 884-PAWS or go to www.mutigers.com.


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