The Missouri Tigers may have lucked out.
In an odd twist to the 2014 football schedule, The Columbia Daily Tribune has reported the St. Louis sports commissioner has asked Arkansas State to consider moving it’s home game against the University Of Missouri during the 2nd week of September in 2015 to Busch Stadium.
This would result in the game being only 126 miles away from Columbia and 229 miles from Jonesboro, AR.
Red Wolves athletic director, Terry Mohajir confirmed the story and has said the commission has offered his school a, “significant” sum of money in return for moving the game to a neutral site.
Missouri has not played a neutral sight game since its 2011 date with Kansas in the final “Border War” game before Mizzou left for the Southeastern conference. The Missouri Tigers played in St. Louis semi-regularly with there on-and-off-again series against Illinois.
Tiger fans traveled well for that series, which was played in the Edward Jones Dome. Busch stadium, home to the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals, hosted its first ever football game when college FCS opponents Southeast Missouri State and Souther Illinois played there in 2013.
If Mizzou’s game with Arkansas State is moved to that venue, hopefully a little bit more preparation will go into that event than the last time around.
The SEMO-SIU game infamously tore up Busch stadium’s turf in what became a PR and logistics nightmare for the Cardinals and the Stadium in the heart of baseball’s contention for the playoffs. The Cards’ were forced to play six home games on the damaged field.
The 2015 meeting with Arkansas State is the second consecutive meeting with the Tigers. In 2013, Missouri took the first game of the home-and-home series with the Red wolves 41-19.