College athletic programs across the country are witnessing a troubling trend in student attendance according to The Wall Street Journal. Students aren’t showing up to the games like they have in the past.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports University of Missouri athletic director Mike Alden is considering the "future and the viability" of the 41-year-old Hearnes Center now that the school's men's and women's basketball teams call Mizzou Arena home.
Alden says the field house named for former Governor Warren Hearnes is expensive to maintain and has high energy costs. He acknowledged the real estate next to Memorial Stadium may have more value as the university modernizes its athletic facilities. Mizzou Arena opened in 2004.
Some Mizzou football fans got less than they bargained for at last Saturday’s game. MU Police received several reports of fraudulent tickets after the game against the University of Georgia. Those with fake tickets were turned away at the gate. MU Police Captain Brian Weimer says it’s only when you look at a real ticket next to a fake one that you may be able to tell the difference.