Missouri University’s Athletics Department announced earlier this week that 85 percent of football season ticket prices will decrease or remain the same for the upcoming season.
This price decrease will save fans $132 per seat. Students will also save on tickets this year; the “All-Sport Pass,” originally $260, dropped down to $150. However, a handful of tickets did see a slight increase in price, showing a $20 addition. According to the Kansas City Star, attendance was down for the 2018 season since MU had a reduced stadium capacity due to construction. The average attendance last year decreased from 51,490 in 2017 to around 51,466 fans per game.
The Missouri Tigers’ Memorial Stadium will also have new section designations this year. Sections will now be labeled by letters instead of numbers and students will now be located in sections 102-103 and 107-110, following Southeastern Conference rules. Last year, students had the pleasure of sitting behind the opposing bench, however, they will now have to sit in the northeast and southeast corners of the stadium.
MU Athletic Director Jim Steak told the Kansas City Star that the department surveyed fans and “really tried to look at what we’re doing” to increase morale and attendance this season ahead of the changes. He said that through surveys and focus groups, they looked at both sales and secondary sales, taking a “holistic look at how we can make this better for our fans.”
The athletic department plans to submit an appeal to the NCAA to postpone or lift its bowl ban for Missouri in 2019, giving the team a shot at the SEC East Division title. Last month, it was announced that The Tigers were banned from competing in the 2019-2020 post-season after a former university tutor was found guilty of completing coursework for 12 athletes.