August 20, 2013

Post game extravaganza planned for football home opener

Joplin, Mo. – The Missouri Southern football home opener on September 5 will be full of entertainment opportunities as various groups from the MSSU community will come together to help raise funds for the citizens of Moore, Oklahoma.

Earlier this year, residents of Joplin and local communities found the story of the Moore, Okla. tornado all too similar to what they had experience two years earlier. On May 20 of this year, nearly two years to the date that Joplin was leveled by one of the deadliest tornados in recorded history, Moore was hit by an EF5 tornado with winds peaking at over 200 mph. Over 20 people died and 377 were injured.

Since that time, a number of efforts have been extended from the people of the Joplin area to those in Oklahoma City.

"This is a great way for our university, and the community of Joplin to give back," said director of athletics Jared Bruggeman. "We know first-hand how a devastating situation like a tornado can affect a community. We saw many hands of help come to aid us after May 22, 2011 and it's only fitting that we can now turn that act of kindness around to help another community."

When Southern plays Central Oklahoma on that Thursday night, the MSSU Campus Activities Board (CAB) will sponsor a postgame spectacular following the football game that night. UCO's main campus is located just half an hour north of Moore, OK.

Ticket prices for the game are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 5-14. Two dollars from each single-game ticket sold will go directly to the Red Cross. Fans can purchase tickets by going online at mssulions.com, or by calling the MSSU ticket office at 417-625-9366. Tickets will also be sold the day of the game at the front gate and kickoff is slated for 6 pm.

Prior to the game, the first 2,400 students and fans ages 13 and under will receive a free glow stick. Before kickoff, everyone in attendance and on the field will observe a moment of silence for the victims of the tornado. Firefighters, police officers and Red Cross groups in attendance will be recognized at the game sponsored by Commerce Bank.

The evening will be capped with a 15-minute laser light show and fireworks display. Five different laser systems will be present, including two from above, two from the side and one to create graphics on a 36 foot wide screen.

The show will be "family-friendly" and will begin approximately 10 minutes following the conclusion of the football game. Laser Rentals Inc., the same laser company conducting the Sept. 5 postgame presentation, also conducted the postgame laser show for the first home game at newly-renovated Arrowhead Stadium.

The fireworks for the show are being donated by Jakes Fireworks.

Those with questions regarding the post-game activities can reach Landon Adams, Director of Student Activities at Missouri Southern, at (417) 625-9669 or by email adams-l@mssu.edu.