The lights at Memorial Stadium will shine on a different football game next week.
The Missouri Tigers will be on their way to Lincoln, Neb., for a Big 12 showdown with the Cornhuskers when their home stadium will host a showdown of its own.
The No. 1 Hickman Kewpies (5-1) will play their second District 6 game against Rock Bridge (5-2) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29.
Doug Mirts, athletic director at Hickman High School, said they have been trying to work this out for several years.
“Every year we ask to play a variety of games at the university,” he said. “This year, we asked to play football at Memorial Stadium, and we were granted that. It just worked out.”
Logan Gray, a sophomore quarterback at Rock Bridge, said he was looking forward to the opportunity.
“It will be a cool atmosphere,” he said.
Mirts said he thinks the expected attendance will depend on how well each team does in their games tonight.
Rock Bridge will visit Jefferson City while Hickman will host a game with district rival Fort Zumwalt West.
If both teams win, Mirts said they can expect between 6,000 and 8,000 fans to attend next week’s game on the MU campus.
In comparison, stands around Hickman field hold about 3,500 people.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Rock Bridge High School.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re playing,” Gray said. “For a game that big, you’re going to be pumped up no matter what.”
Tickets will be available beginning Monday at both high schools.
Mirts said that when he was younger, he often dreamed about playing in popular stadiums. He said he was glad that these players are going to get that opportunity.
“It’s exciting to play in a college venue,” he said. “Playing in a big college venue where all the kids have grown up is a neat deal.”
(Craig Olsen contributed to this report.)