Mizzou-Traditions and Tailgating

It’s Thursday before a home game here in Columbia, so what better time that a little tradition and then a little tailgating. First up, Tiger Walk…

Tiger Walk

Cheering for the team doesn’t start when they take the field. In the past few years, Tiger fans have started a new tradition that welcomes players as they walk from the Mizzou training complex to Memorial Stadium, crossing Providence Road on the pedestrian bridge.

Image from the Columbia Missourian

Tiger Walk starts two hours before game time, so line up early to high five your favorite Tiger and get the team pumped!

Image from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tailgating at Mizzou

What’s a football game without some tailgating? At Mizzou, fans wait in line for lots to open at 8:00 a.m. on game days and proceed to set up everything from tables to tents to televisions. Naturally, one of the most important tailgating elements is food and drink! Need something to bring to the game? What better than this cheesy football

Easy to make and even easier to eat!

So gather up your black and gold gear, tailgate for awhile this weekend and then go cheer on the Tiger players during Tiger Walk. Sounds like pretty nice Saturday to us!

What’s your go to tailgating recipe?

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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!

Orlando-The Home to Fun, Sun and Endless Smiles

Since the Tigers are on the road again this week, our friends at Visit Orlando were kind enough to submit a post to help you enjoy your time in the city while you travel with the Mizzou Football team.

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Orlando is truly the home to sun, fun, and endless smiles? Think about it: world class theme parks, exciting outdoors adventures, endless shopping options and a collision of diverse dining options makes Orlando a win-win situation for every family member, no matter how picky. Year-round Orlando is bigger, better and a whole lot more fun with so many new things to see and do.

Swim with dolphins and get face to face with playful otters and curious marmosets at Discovery Cove’s recently opened Freshwater Oasis. Journey into the life of a sea turtle at SeaWorld’s TurtleTrek, a first-of-its-kind 3-D/360-degree dome shaped theater; at the Universal Orlando Resort don 3-D glasses to get minionized at Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and enjoy a marvelous spectacle of a 100 years worth of Universal Pictures movies; or get in touch with your inner kid at the Magic Kingdom as new cool things are coming to life at Fantasyland throughout this year.

For thrills beyond the roller coasters, take the wheel and put the pedal to the metal of a Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini or an Audi at the Exotic Driving Experience. Swoop, twist and dip through the tree tops at Florida Eco Safaris at Forever Florida’s The Rattlesnake, the first and only roller coaster zip line in the U.S. Love the thrill of a good deal? Then Orlando Premium Outlets is a must-shop with more than 330 stores in two Orlando locations. Famished yet? Then take your pick of cuisines ranging from good ol’ barbeque at local favorite 4Rivers Smokehouse to progressive American cuisine at LUMA on Park or the first “picanha” cut at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse.

For more tips on what to see and do in Orlando, check out VisitOrlando.com/blog. Now, pack a smile and see you soon in Orlando!

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.