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College Football - Missouri to Rent Rooms in Residence Halls for Football Games

Newspaper article News Sentinel

College Football - Missouri to Rent Rooms in Residence Halls for Football Games

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Starting this fall, families and fans can rent rooms in University of Missouri-Columbia residence halls for football games and other campus events.

The initiative is among those introduced Thursday by Mizzou leaders to the Board of Curators at their Columbia meeting as a means to offset the financial stress of declining freshman enrollment.

A website went live Wednesday night that allows people to book a two-room, four-bed suite for $120 per night. There's an added cost for parking, according to the website.

Free high-speed wireless access is included, along with economy bed linens and towels.

Renting rooms for football games in particular has been discussed for months.

After a few years of declining freshman enrollment, with a large projected dip this coming fall, Mizzou leaders have taken seven residence halls offline and decided to explore avenues such as rentals to make up money lost on that space.

Residence hall rooms will be available for rent on weekends starting this fall. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance of the stay.

A Mizzou spokesman said leaders are still discussing whether alcohol will be allowed in the rental rooms. …

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