COLUMBIA — As thousands of Missouri fans, spurred by a victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, rushed the field Saturday night, law enforcement wasn’t taken by surprise.
“Plans were in place,” MU Police Department Capt. Brian Weimer said. “It’s not like it happened for the first time. We’ve seen it before.”
Weimer said fans were cautioned against rushing the field after the game and that 30 people were arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
Fans took no time in dismantling the two goal posts, which were quickly lowered onto the field, and carried them on their shoulders to the intersection of Tenth and Cherry streets downtown. Weimer said one person was injured in the celebratory chaos.
“At least one individual broke their leg,” Weimer said.
Weimer said police try to keep fans off the field for their own safety and not because, as rumor has it, they are worried about the cost of the goal posts.
Weimer said there were some other game-related arrests Saturday night, but details wouldn’t be available until Monday afternoon.
He said the police presence at the Homecoming game was “typical for a football game of this size.”
“There were around 100 officers inside and outside the stadium,” he said, which included MU police, Columbia police, Boone County Sheriff’s deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers.