ST. LOUIS – Free tickets and parking and a different whistleblowing time arrives Wednesday at Mizzou Arena, as the Missouri men’s basketball team is forced to make adjustments for its game against the Florida Gators due to the winter storm expected this week.
The school announced that the game would move from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m., with its same broadcasting partners on radio and television.
Doors open at 1 p.m. Fans are encouraged to park in Lot P. The planned Michael Porter, Jr. Bobblehead giveaway will also be postponed.
The move comes as Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced a state of emergency on Tuesday afternoon.
the Executive Decree was signed Tuesday, allowing state agencies such as the Missouri National Guard to help local areas prepare for and respond to emergencies, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
“The harsh winters are no stranger to us here in Missouri, but we have to prepare for the worst,” Parson said.
“By signing this order, we are giving our emergency management professionals all the tools and resources available to help Missourians, protect lives, and respond to this winter storm. We encourage everyone in Missouri to be alert and take precautions to avoid dangerous road conditions and keep themselves and their families safe.
Winter precipitation is expected to begin in northern Missouri early Tuesday evening and expand southeastward overnight and into early Wednesday, according to the news release. The National Weather Service predicts an accumulation of 8 to 15 inches for central Missouri.
The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency is working with the National Weather Service (NWS), Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), and Missouri State Highway Patrol to coordinate the response as well as plan for requests for potential resources, the press release said.
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