COMMENT: What is the seating capacity for Mizzou Arena? I have noticed a few of the arenas in the SEC are smaller. Auburn had a sell out with 10,500 fans. If we had a smaller arena and drew 8,000 fans it would look like an almost-full arena. The emotion and the excitement would be like you see at other SEC home games.
MATTER: Capacity is 15,061. It's too big. I understand why they built it so big at the time back in the early 2000s, but that was before every game was televised and fans had less incentive to attend the games in person. The crowd for the Arkansas game was in the 11,000s and it was the biggest and loudest of the year by far. It wasn’t at full capacity but it was a great environment.
Here are the capacities for the 14 SEC arenas:
South Carolina 18,000
Texas A&M 12,989
Mississippi State 10,575
Ole Miss 9,500
I've covered games in all 14 buildings. Auburn is the smallest and of the loudest with one of the best atmospheres. Auburn and Ole Miss built new arenas and were smart to build them smaller. At Auburn especially they pack them in, get the students close to the floor on the sideline and the place is bonkers with only 9,000 in the house.