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New arena gets new name

University of Missouri curators unanimously vote to change name to Mizzou Arena
Friday, November 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:48 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Three days after the Laurie family gave up naming rights to Paige Sports Arena, UM curators re-named the venue Mizzou Arena. In a conference call Friday afternoon, the University of Missouri Board of Curators unanimously passed a motion made by MU President Elson Floyd to re-name the center.

The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes and passed the motion with little discussion among the nine board members.

Curator Marion Cairns was the only board member to comment during the meeting. “I think this is a wonderful idea,” she said after the President Floyd proposed the new name.

UM system spokesman Joe Moore said name change will cost between $30,000 to $40,000. The bill will be footed by the school’s athletic department.


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