COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Mizzou Athletics wants to remind fans there is no tailgating prohibited at any 2020 Mizzou home football game.
“This was a difficult decision to make because of the passion Mizzou fans have for game-day tailgating and the backdrop it provides as part of a football Saturday in Columbia,” said Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. “However, the health and safety of all our fans remain a top priority as we continue working toward a very different-looking 2020 season.”
While plans are subject to change, officials will continue to monitor local public health guidelines to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, we are prohibiting tailgating on University of Missouri property this fall,” said Vice Chancellor for Operations Gary Ward. “This means no tailgating anywhere -- grassy or landscaped areas, sidewalks, streets, parking lots or parking structures.”
Memorial Stadium will open the season with no more than 25 percent capacity to provide fans with a socially-distanced experience.
The university has enacted several safety measures implemented for the season. Fans will be required to wear face coverings both on campus and in Memorial Stadium while cheering on the Tigers, even when seated among family members, roommates, etc.
The decision for stadium capacity and safety measures was made based on the guidance of public health officials and MU and MU Health Care’s own infectious disease experts. A number of other universities have taken similar steps to provide the safest environment possible to support the safety and continuation of athletic activities.