Whether they tailgate, all football fans have one thing in common: finding a parking spot.
One option is the newly converted parking lot at Reactor Field on Research Park Drive. The commuter lot was open to the public during Missouri’s first home game Saturday. But with more than 900 parking spaces, the former intramural field, was a little more than half full.
Alumni Kyle Ronat said though he was grateful more parking was available, he was unhappy with the $10 the MU athletic department, which rented the parking lot from the university during the game, charged to use the lot.
“It is ridiculous,” Ronat said. “If you’re gonna pave up a really good field, that’s great. But don’t charge people for it.”
Tad Dunn, the MU athletic director of game operations said the money went towards recouping some of the money spent by the department on the game.
In spite of the charge, Dunn said about 530 cars parked at Reactor Field, almost double the number of cars there two years ago.
Colleen Engelhard, assistant director of game operations, said the fee would remain the same during this Saturday’s game.
Corporal Paul Myers of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who directed traffic at the site Satruday, said the parking lot was not packed because few people were aware it was available to the public.
“I think it’s just the fact that people don’t realize it’s here yet,” he said. “As the season goes on, you’ll see this utilzed a lot more often.”
— Emem Offong
ROCK BRIDGE FOOTBALL:
Bruins junior quarterback Logan Gray was named the Class 6 Player of the Week by mosports.com, a high school sports Web site on the rivals.com network. Against Smith-Cotton last week, Gray led the Bruins to 41 first-half points as the team improved to 2-0. Gray finished the half completing 8-of-12 passes for 219 yards and four passing touchdowns while also adding a rushing touchdown.
HICKMAN SOFTBALL: Freshman Taylor Cowan pitched four strong innings, striking out seven, to lead the Kewpies to a 7-3 win at New Franklin.
Shana White went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Laura Miller and Jennifer Bieberly each went 2-for-4.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOCCER: The Cougars, who upset then-No. 10 Baker University 1-0 on the road Sept. 7, moved up six spots to No. 12 in the NAIA soccer poll.
Marcos Fernandes was named American Midwest Conference Player of the Week with the winner against the Wildcats.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Despite a 4-1 record this week, the Cougars fell nine spots to No. 13 in this week’s NAIA volleyball poll.