Countdown to Gameday: Arkansas State

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:30 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

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PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

Need information on shuttles to Memorial Stadium? Find schedules and shuttle maps here.

For all of your tailgating questions, check out Mizzou Tailgating.

Don’t forget to wear gold! Stock up on game day apparel at The Mizzou Store.

OTHER GREAT ACTIVITIES: 

CEC Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz

September 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM and 29 at 2:00 PM

Art-i-Fact MU Campus Gallery & Museum Crawl

September 26 4-8:00 PM

The Blue Note presents Randy Rogers Band

September 26 at 9:00 PM

“The Smell of the Kill” at Warehouse Theatre

September 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM and 29 at 2:00 PM

Food Truck Fridays

September 27 at 11:00 AM

Family Weekend Comedy

September 27 at 7:00 PM

The Blue Note presents David Nail

September 27 at 9:00 PM

Fall Fishing Event

September 28 and 29 at Bass Pro Shops

Susan Jensen, violin, Darry Dolezal, cello and Anthony Glise, guitar

September 28 at 7:30 PM

North Village Farmers and Artisans Market

September 29 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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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Tailgate and Tradition – The Tiger

This week’s Tailgate and Tradition post takes a closer look at how Mizzou became The Tigers.

Here are the details from MUTigers.com:

The nickname “Tigers,” given to Mizzou’s athletic teams, traces its origin to the Civil War period. At that time, plundering guerilla bands habitually raided small towns, and Columbia people constantly feared an attack. Such organizations as temporary “home guards” and vigilance companies banded together to fight off any possible forays.

The town’s preparedness discouraged any guerilla activity and the protecting organization began to disband in 1854. However, it was rumored that a guerilla band, led by the notorious Bill Anderson, intended to sack the town. Quickly organized was an armed guard of Columbia citizens, who built a blockhouse and fortified the old courthouse in the center of town. This company was called “The Missouri Tigers.”

The marauders never came. The reputation of the intrepid “Tigers” presumably traveled abroad, and Anderson’s gang detoured around Columbia.

Soon after Missouri’s first football team was organized in 1890, the athletic committee adopted the nickname “Tiger” in official recognition of those Civil War defenders. Their spirit is now embodied in the MU mascot – “Truman the Tiger.” In 1984, the Tiger was named Truman after President Harry S. Truman, a Missouri native.

The Tiger spirit is embodied all over campus, from Truman to the MIzzou athletics logo to the Tiger statue at the entrance to Carnahan Quadrangle on the south part of campus. With all this history, Tiger fans bleed black and gold for a reason!

Get Social On Game Day

One of the easiest ways to stay in the know about Tiger Game Day is via social media. You can get updates on players, coaches and play-by-play info if you decide that tailgating is more fun than heading into the stadium. Here are some great Twitter accounts to follow:

Local Information:

@ColumbiaMOCVB – The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau

@the_district – The District, Columbia’s downtown area

@GoColumbiaMO – The City of Columbia

Press Coverage:

@DavidCMorrison – Covers Mizzou for the Columbia Daily Tribune

@CoMoSports – Updates from the Columbia Missourian

@Dave_Matter – Covers Mizzou for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

@TerezPaylor – Covers Mizzou for the Kansas City Star

@FSMidwest

@SECSportsUpdate

Mizzou Accounts:

@MUTigersdotcom

@MIZLive

@MIzzouAP

@MizzouNetwork

Players and Coaches:

Full List Here

@MizzouFootball – Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel

@MU_Coach_Jones – Running Backs Coach Brian Jones

@MIZ_MAUK7_ZOU – Quarterback Matty Mauk

@HokedEm89 – Defensive Lineman Matt Hoch

@GainesTrain_31 – Defensive Back EJ Gaines

@I_AM_HJOSEY20 – Tailback Henry Josey

@Corbin1313 – Quarterback Corbin Berkstresser

@DorialGB5 – Wide Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham

@JFrankTank1 – Quarterback James Franklin

@JustinBritt68 – Offensive Lineman Justin Britt

Countdown to Gameday: Toledo

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 2:30 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Toledo Rockets.

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PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

Need information on shuttles to Memorial Stadium? Find schedules and shuttle maps here.

For all of your tailgating questions, check out Mizzou Tailgating.

Don’t forget to wear gold! Stock up on game day apparel at The Mizzou Store.

OTHER GREAT EVENTS:

Tomato Festival

Thursday, September 5th 4:00-7:30 PM

Norm Ruebling Band at the Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater

Thursday, September 5th 7-9 PM

The Blue Note presents The White Panda

Thursday, September 5th at 9:30 PM

First Fridays at Artlandish

Friday, September 6th

Grapegrass: A Celebration of Wine and Bluegrass

Saturday, September 7th at Les Bourgeois in Rocheport

Taste of Local Missouri Food Festival

Saturday, September 7th 4-8 PM

The Blue Note presents Dumptruck Butterlips 

Saturday, September 7th at 9:00 PM

Visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website for the complete calendar of events!

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!

Planning Your Game Day – A Timeline

There’s so much going on during a Tiger Game Day, it can be tough to plan everything. You have tailgates to visit, tshirts to buy and then there’s the game! Need a little help deciding when to be where? Here’s a game day timeline to assist:

Times based on a 1:00 p.m. kickoff

8:00 AM All Donor Parking Lots Open 
Tiger Team Store Opens (Memorial Stadium)

9:00 AM Mizzou Ticket Office Opens (Memorial Stadium & Mizzou Arena)

10:00 AM Mizzou Experience in Hearnes Fieldhouse Opens

10:45 AM Tiger Walk with Team, Spirit Squads & Band in Lot C/Founder’s Lot

11:00 AM Press Box opens for Suite/Tiger Lounge Ticket Holders

11:30 AM Gates Open

12:00 PM Spirit Squads & Band perform at Mizzou Experience

12:15 PM Spirit Squads & Band Parade with Truman’s Fire Truck
(visit MizzouGameday.com for parade route)

12:47 PM Marching Mizzou Performance on Faurot Field

12:51 PM National Anthem

1:02 PM Visiting Team takes the field

1:03 PM Mizzou takes the field

1:07 PM Kick-off

Go Tigers!

Getting Around On Game Day

One of the first parts of your game day experience is getting to the stadium, tailgate or restaurant where you’ll start your day! Columbia is easy to navigate and most places take 15 minutes to less to get to, but there are plenty of ways to make it easier to get your game day off to a great start!

If You’re Driving

There are a couple of options for parking on game day. If you’re meeting up with friends or family down in The District, there are plenty of spaces and garages to meet your needs. From The District, it’s an easy walk through campus to get to Memorial Stadium.

There are also on campus options for parking. Seven garages and a variety of other lots are open and provide and fun place to tailgate and a faster walk to the game.

Let Someone Else Do the Driving!

One of the easiest ways to get from points across Columbia to Memorial Stadium on game day is the Spirit Bus! Routes run from downtown as well as many local hotels. Check the site for schedules for each game so you know when they’ll pick you up!

Columbia is also home to a variety of taxi services. You can have them take you from the hotel and they will also pick you up in The District after the game at one of the designated taxi stands.

Columbia is a fantastic place to enjoy tailgating, a football game and post-game celebrations. Don’t forget to plan your transportation for before and after the game for a complete game day experience!

Countdown to Gameday: Murray State

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:00 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Murray State Racers.

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PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

Need information on shuttles to Memorial Stadium? Find schedules and shuttle maps here.

For all of your tailgating questions, check out Mizzou Tailgating.

Don’t forget to wear gold! Can’t find your favorite gold t-shirt? The Mizzou Store has you covered!

OTHER GREAT EVENTS:

Deja Vu Comedy Club presents Sean Kent

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Maplewood Barn Theatre presents “On Golden Pond”

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8:00 PM

The Blue Note presents 9th Street Summerfest featuring Dr. Zhivegas

Friday, August 30th at 7:00 PM

Hometown Festival at Bass Pro

Saturday and Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM

The Blue Note presents Home Tone Records Showcase

Saturday, August 31st at 8:00 PM

90’s Night at Mojo’s

Saturday, August 31 at 9:30 PM

Epic Mud Run at the Midway Expo Center

Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1

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!

What’s New in 2013!

Now that the Mizzou Tigers are entering their second year in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), things are more busy than ever! One of the biggest things you’ll notice when visiting Columbia this football season is the renovations currently underway at Memorial Stadium!

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Here’s a list of the plans for expansion and renovation:

  • East Side expansion: Addition of an upper bowl with over 5,000 general admission seats and a club level with over 1,000 club seats, as well as associated amenities including restrooms, concessions, back-of-house kitchen and club lounges. Additionally, circulation space will be added on the main concourse. Anticipated completion for the 2015 season.
  • West Side press box renovation: Move the existing press functions up to level 6 and enclose. Upgrade level 5 to include new premium seating options. Update the amenities in the existing premium spaces. Anticipated completion for the 2013 season.
  • North concourse: Move the Rock M and berm closer to the North end zone to provide improved game-day experience for fans, while expanding north concourse for improved spacing. Anticipated completion for the 2013 season.
  • Miscellaneous structural repairs throughout stadium. Anticipated completion for the 2013 season.

As you can see, many of these improvements have already been completed in anticipation of the 2013 football season. The Rock M hill has been shifted down to create a larger concourse, the west tower renovations are complete and the towers that will support the east side bowl renovation are already going up.

These football improvements are part of an athletics overhaul that will include updates to University Field, Taylor Stadium, the Mizzou Tennis Complex and more. As always, it’s a great time to be a Tiger!

Columbia: How Do I Get There?

If you’re from out of town, and especially if you’ve never headed to Columbia before, this post is for you! Sure you have your tickets, but now you have to make your travel plans. So just how do you get here? We’re glad you asked.

By Land

Columbia is conveniently located right in the center of Missouri. We’re an easy two-hour drive from either St. Louis or Kansas City and the stadium is easily accessible from both Interstate 70 and Highway 63. If you’re flying into St. Louis or Kansas City, it’s easy to rent a car and make the trip! Then, bam….you’re in Tiger country.

In the Air

Columbia Regional Airport is located a fast 10 miles south and has American Airlines service through both Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago. Every day it gets easier to fly right into Columbia and get your weekend started!

Of course, you can also fly into St. Louis or Kansas City, both of which are home to international airports. If you’d rather not have to navigate Columbia, MO-X Shuttle will take you from the gate straight to your hotel. These easy options make getting to Columbia a breeze!

By Sea

Ok, so you can’t really get here on the water. But if you want to learn how to navigate the sea of people (see what we did there?) on game day, check back next week for our post on getting around once you’ve arrived. See you then!

Welcome Back to Game Day!

We’re back!

The students are back! And we’re less than three weeks from football season. 15 days to be exact.

This year, Columbia will play host to seven home football games and we couldn’t be more excited. The season kicks of on August 31st against Murray State and includes visits from SEC opponents Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M. 

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!

Plus, we’re always here on Twitter and Facebook to answer all your questions…football related or not.

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