Popular tailgating spot on Missouri campus off-limits this season

COLUMBIA | Some University of Missouri football fans are going to have to find a new place to tailgate this season.

The university said Thursday the popular Reactor Field parking lot will be off-limits to all but media and event staff this season.

Whit Babcock, senior associate athletics director, says the 800-space parking lot was becoming known as a party spot for people, many of whom weren't interested in attending the football game. He says fights and underage drinking were becoming more common at the spot.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Thursday that the university will lose some money because of the change. But plans are being worked out to offer a limited number of spaces next season to donors who hold season passes.