Countdown to Gameday: Kentucky

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Kentucky Wildcats for the 101st Homecoming.

PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

-Want to take the shuttle to Memorial Stadium? Here’s how to make it happen:

-Make a stop at the Romp, Chomp and Stomp Tailgate on the Carnahan Quad! Gather with thousands of students and alumni as we celebrate Homecoming by rejuvenating a lost tradition from the 1950s. Enjoy live entertainment, a spirit rally, food and drinks. Admission is FREE and food and beverage vendors will be available.

OTHER GREAT EVENTS:

Don’t miss out on these other great events while you’re in Columbia. The game is just the beginning!

-The full Schedule of Events for homecoming

David Nail at The Blue Note – October 26th

Homecoming Retro Night at The Blue Note – October 27th

Halloweenie in The District – October 26th

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

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Countdown to Gameday: Alabama

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

-Want to take the shuttle to Memorial Stadium? Here’s how to make it happen:

-Make a stop at the Tiger Landing Tailgate! Hosted by the Mizzou Alumni Association, Tiger Landing begins three hours prior to kickoff, is free to attend and is perfect for the entire family! Stop by the Reynolds Alumni Center and Carnahan Quad for delicious concessions, kids activities, botanic garden and campus tours, big screens with other games on and more.

OTHER GREAT EVENTS:

Don’t miss out on these other great events while you’re in Columbia. The game is just the beginning!

Techn N9ne at The Blue Note on Thursday, October 11th

North Village Arts District Pre-game Art Huddle on Friday, October 12th

Honey Island Swamp Bank at the Blue Note on Friday, October 12th

Artrageous Weekend Friday and Saturday the 12 & 13th

Mickey Hart Band at the Blue Note on Saturday, October 13th

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

Countdown to Gameday: Vanderbilt

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

-Make your way into The District and enjoy pregame festivities with home and visiting fans alike. Once you’re ready to cheer, take the Spirit Bus to the stadium. It’s only $1.50 each way and will get you to the game on time and back downtown fast once the final play has been made.

-Tiger fans will not want to miss the Tiger Walk, a tradition that’s become extremely popular in recent years. Cheer on the team as they make their way from the training facility to Memorial Stadium two hours before game time. Just follow the trail of black and gold to the pedestrian bridge over Providence to be a part of Tiger Walk!

OTHER GREAT EVENTS:

-In the mood to ‘Hold on Loosely?’ If you’re in town Friday night, head over to the Missouri Theatre to see 38 Special in concert!

-You can also catch Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at The Blue Note in downtown Columbia. 

-Movies more your style? Check out Ragtag Cinema downtown. Columbia’s home of independent film always has a unique lineup of features, shorts and documentaries. While you’re there, have a Reuben from Uprise Bakery (trust us on this one).

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

From One Columbia to Another!

Being a Tiger fan sometimes means hitting the road to watch the team in action. If you’re headed to South Carolina this weekend to watch Mizzou take on the Gamecocks, get excited! The Columbia, SC Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to welcome you to their Columbia, and they even were kind enough to write a guest blog post to help make your experience a great one!

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Welcome to the SEC, Missouri Tigers! Get ready for fierce competition, passionatefans and most of all, a good time! This week, Mizzou fans will make the trip from Columbia, Missouri to Columbia, South Carolina and we couldn’t be more excited. But before hitting the road, fans need to know a few things that will make their trip exciting, tasty, eventful and most importantly, memorable.

 
University of South Carolina fans take tailgating very seriously. Hours before kickoff, fans pour into the State Fairgrounds, old farmer’s market, parking lots and every little crevice available to tailgate around the stadium. Plan to get there early to join in on the fun. Among the usual football tailgate foods, one thing we always recommend our out-of-towners to try is South Carolina’s official state snack, boiled peanuts! This salty treat is a game day staple in the South. In regards to home team tailgates, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of white table cloths and flower arrangements or women dressed in sundresses and cowboy boots and men in their slacks and bow ties. University of South Carolina fans treat game days as a dress-to-impress occasion.
 
Drop by the premiere tailgating spot, the University of South Carolina Cockabooses.These stationary trains on the rear side of the stadium definitely take tailgating up a few notches. Decked out with flat screen televisions, chandeliers and on site catering make attending a Gamecock football game quite an experience. While these Cockabooses are privately owned, they’re definitely something to see when playing the Gamecocks!
 
Before or after the big game, there are a number of things Mizzou fans can enjoy while visiting the Columbia region. The weather this week is ideal for a canoe, kayak or standup paddle board trip down the Congaree River, one of three rivers that run through the city. There are a number of guided tours visitors can join to see nature up close and personal. Take a walk on the wild side and visit the number one gated attraction in South Carolina, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. After checking out the penguins, toucans, giraffes, koalas, elephants, lions and more, try your hand at Sky High Safari; a four story, self guided ropes course. Want more adventure? Take a trip out to Congaree National Park. While there, visitors can explore 2.4 miles of boardwalk throughout the park and nearly 26,000 acres of wilderness. In addition to being the only national park in South Carolina, it is also the closest to a metropolitan city.
 
In your down time, take in a movie at The Nickelodeon, South Carolina’s only nonprofit art house film theatre. Recently relocated into its new, multi-screen venue on Main Street in downtown Columbia, the theatre plays independent and documentary films nightly. For the young Mizzou fans, EdVenture Children’s Museum, located in the Congaree Vista, is a perfect afternoon trip. Where else can you climb inside a 40-foot child and explore the inner workings of the human body? This nationally ranked children’s museum offers fun and educational experiences kids won’t soon forget.
 
Good food isn’t in short supply in the Columbia region. If there’s one thing we do well in the South, it’s eating. Try some of the best burgers in town at Pawley’s Front Porch in Five Points or Rockaway’s Athletic Club in Rosewood. Both serve up tasty bites like raw cut fries, sweet potato fries, pimento cheese burgers, fried pickles and more. Barbeque is a southern delicacy that all visitors must try. May it be mustard-based, drenched in Carolina gold, or poured over with vinegar, pulled pork BBQ is taken seriously in the South. Visitors should try some of the Columbia region’s favorites like Doc’s Barbeque and Southern BuffetHudson’s Smokehouse andPalmetto Pig – to name a few. To end the meal, visit Nonnah’s in the Vista. With a mini novel serving as the menu, guests will have a hard time deciding between lemon cheesecake, triple mousse cake, Californian almond cake and chocolate raspberry fantasy. Need even more sweets?! Venture in Mast General Store on Main Street or The Peanut Man on Lincoln Street to satisfy those old-fashioned candy cravings.
 
Clearly there is an abundance to see, do, eat and experience while visiting The New Southern Hot Spot. We look forward to hosting the Mizzou Tigers in our neck of the woods this weekend and hope this trip isn’t your last!
 
Browse things to do, places to stay and more information on columbiacvb.com, drop by our Visitors Center while you’re in town or drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter while you’re here. For more game day information for your visit, be sure to check out our game day guide.

Countdown to Gameday: Arizona State

The Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:00 pm against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

FAMILY WEEKEND:

This weekend Tiger fans and families will also celebrate Family Weekend at Mizzou. Families can enjoy photos with Truman, pre-game meals, the Cub Carnival and more!

PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

Every gameday you can also participate in the Tiger Landing Tailgate hosted by the Mizzou Alumni Association! 3 hours prior to each home football game you can stop by the Reynolds Alumni Center and Carnahan Quadrangle to enjoy Taste of Mizzou food, cash bar, Mizzou gear for purchase, a Kids Zone with inflatable games, botanic garden tours and big screens in Reynolds! It’s a family fun event you don’t want to miss.

OTHER GREAT EVENTS: 

While in town for the game, you may want to take in the other sights and sounds of Columbia. Some events going on this weekend include Annie by Columbia Entertainment Company, Melvin’s Lite at the Blue Note, Mansions on the Moon + Cherub at the Blue Note, the Heritage Festival and WILCO: Live on 9th Street.

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

We are so excited to have our Mizzou Alumni and opposing team fans back in town! Welcome!

Welcome to Gameday!

Welcome to Gameday in Columbia!

Here in Columbia, MO, the days getting cooler means it’s time for Mizzou Tiger Football. This season is one of the most anticipated in recent memory, with teams like Georgia and Alabama coming to ‘The Zou’ during Mizzou’s first year in the Southeastern Conference.

Welcome to the Zou! Memorial  Stadium.

Columbia is exceptionally excited to welcome lifelong and first time fans to town for what promises to be an amazing season. Whether you wear black and gold or the colors of another school, we’re excited to welcome you and show you that Columbia is a desirable destination year round.

Come for the football. Come back for the Pizza.
Photo by Tom Plant.

From Mizzou traditions and tailgating to game day details and transportation information, we’ll bring you everything you need to make sure you enjoy your time in Columbia and even help you plan a return trip! You’ll learn about great places in our downtown area, The District, learn more about the nation’s first homecoming and get insider tips on where the locals eat and hang out. Plus, we’re always here on Twitter and Facebook to answer all your questions…football related or not. Just don’t ask us too much about the spread offense.

Also, if you’re a Tiger fan heading to away games this season, we’ll be reaching out to our fellow SEC Convention and Visitors Bureaus to give you the inside scoop on what you can do in their cities. Stay tuned for those posts as the games get closer.

Tiger fans, Tide fans, Bulldog fans, any fans! We hope you’ll find this helpful in planning your Columbia trip. We’re so excited to welcome you here!