The mechanics required to make Missouri’s football game against BYU at Arrowhead Stadium next season happen have come into focus, according to a contract obtained by The Star.
To secure the matchup in Kansas City, two other teams had to agree to move games and BYU had to schedule a FCS team to fill a hole in its 2015 slate. To make those changes possible, Missouri and BYU will pay at least $95,000, plus the cost of two charter flights and other travel expenses, split equally.
BYU originally was scheduled to play at UNLV on Nov. 14, but UNLV agreed to move that game into the 2016 or 2017 season to allow BYU and Missouri to meet at Arrowhead that day.
That left a spot on UNLV’s schedule, which will be filled by Idaho State after BYU gave up a scheduled Oct. 24 home game against the Bengals. To replace the Idaho State game, BYU added a home game against Wagner College, an FCS program based in New York City, for Oct. 24.
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Missouri and BYU will split the difference in Idaho State’s guaranteed money between its game contract with BYU ($420,000) and UNLV ($325,000).
In addition to that $95,000, the Missouri and BYU agreed to pay for Idaho State’s charter flight to Las Vegas, and for Wagner’s cross-country charter to BYU plus 57 hotel rooms for two nights, six team meals and ground transportation in Provo — three game-day buses, two passenger vans and an equipment truck.
The home team in the Missouri-BYU series will guarantee a payment of $250,000 after each game to the visitor, so MU will get back the $250,000 it pays this year after its return game against BYU at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 7, 2020.