Under construction

Marc Weiszer picked up on an interesting tidbit.

On-going construction of the University of Missouri’s new south end zone complex at Memorial Stadium has forced the Tigers to switch sidelines for their 2018 home football games, school officials announced today. For the first time since the 2000 season, Mizzou will work from the West sideline while its opponents will occupy the East sideline.

… In order to implement this plan for the 2018 season, Mizzou asked for and received a waiver from the SEC’s Commissioner’s Regulations, which do not permit the visiting team bench to be directly in front of the student section. The waiver was granted based upon the unique circumstances associated with the on-going construction, the natural buffer that exists between the visiting team bench and student sections at Memorial Stadium, the lack of alternate routes available to prevent the teams from crossing paths when entering/exiting the field and Mizzou’s commitment to secure the visiting team bench area.

“We are grateful for the assistance we received from Commissioner Sankey and his staff, and believe that we have an effective plan in place to provide a safe and secure bench area for visiting teams at Memorial Stadium this season,” Sterk said.

So, when Georgia travels to Columbia this fall, the team bench will be directly in front of the student section.  (Evidently there is some sort of a “natural buffer” between the two.)  Nobody I know who’s traveled to Mizzou has been less than complimentary about the fans there, so this should be cool.

Still, it probably wouldn’t hurt to keep those helmets close by, boys.

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12 responses to “Under construction

  1. Morris Day

    “I need some muscle over here.”

    What time is it?

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  2. Spike

    What natural barrier?

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  3. Remember the Quincy

    We went two years ago and, yes, the fans were among the nicest I’ve ever met. Best I recall, there are these large grassy areas in front of the stands, with a track surface after that and then the sideline area for teams.

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  4. Edawg

    That means their bench will be in the sun?

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  5. DoubleDawg1318

    I went for the inaugural game between UGA and MU in CoMo. Thoroughly enjoyed my trip and they were very hospitable. That said, the crowd was not intimidating. This would be about the last place I would expect trouble for our guys.

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  6. stoopnagle

    50,000 disinterested and disheartened basketball fans can really change the momentum…

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  7. AusDawg85

    Our Derek Dooley connection should help…

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