August may cause ‘back-to-school’ blues for kids and college students but for many of us in Columbia, it means excitement for the return of Mizzou football. If you’ve never been to a game, here’s what you need to know:
We bleed black and gold. Sometimes we have a gold rush or a blackout, and every once in a while, we coordinate with everyone else and tiger-stripe the stadium. Be sure to check ahead so you can plan your outfit accordingly, and take the weather into account, too. Don’t forget your MU poncho if there’s rain in the forecast! Need to stock up on black and gold gear? Head to The Mizzou Store on campus or Rally House on Broadway to find clothes and accessories for the whole family.
Tailgating is a must. Snacking, bonding with fellow MU fans and getting to know rivals, tossing a football or playing washers before heading into the stadium – tailgating is half the fun on game days. Parking lots and open spaces around the stadium fill with tents, people and the smell of tailgate foods. Football fans share a special bond, so if you don’t have anyone to meet up with, just yell “M-I-Z,” and you’ll probably immediately become friends with anyone nearby.
Plan ahead. Fans flock to town on gameday weekends so book your hotel as far in advance as possible (especially for Homecoming and Family Weekend). Having trouble finding a room? You can call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 573-875-1231 to check availability. Remember to be patient and give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going because there will be extra traffic on the roads. Parking garages are free on weekends, and you can either walk to the stadium or catch a ride on COMO Connect’s game-day shuttles, which pick up and drop off from many popular pre-game locations, garages and hotels.
Arrive early. Stay late. Cheer loud, and support the team whether we’re winning or losing. That’s just a given.
We hope you can make it to a game this season!
September 10 – MU vs. Eastern Michigan
September 17 – MU vs. Georgia
September 24 – MU vs. Delaware State (Family Weekend)
October 22 – MU vs. Middle Tennessee (Homecoming)
October 29 – MU vs. Kentucky
November 12 – MU vs. Vanderbilt
November 25 – MU vs. Arkansas (Friday game)