Pre- and post-game revelry is a college football tradition dating back to the sport’s sepia-toned origins. Over the years, however, tailgating has evolved into a culinary, technological and recreational extravaganza. Follow that charcoal aroma to Memorial Stadium’s Lot C, where Truman and friends celebrate a Tiger victory with a rip-roaring pigskin shindig.
About two hours before the game, gather with fans on the east side of Memorial Stadium for the pregame Tiger Walk. Cheer players and coaches as they walk along Mick Deaver Memorial Drive toward Truman’s Landing and into the locker room.
2. ICE, ICE, BABY
Mizzou’s first four home games are in September, so be sure to stock up on ice. Local supplier Tiger Ice sells an average of 70,000 pounds on game days.
3. GO FOR THE GEAR
In the market for black-and-gold gear like this plush tiger or foldable furniture? The Mizzou Store located in the MU Student Center has you covered from argyles to zipper hoodies. Or visit themizzoustore.com.
Think you’ve mastered cornhole, washers or ladder toss? Challenge yourself by holding a beverage during play. But watch out for errant footballs bouncing into your turf.
5. MAKING A TOP TAILGATE
Share your top tailgate recipe or favorite memory of Mizzou tailgating for a chance to win some of the Mizzou merchandise featured here. Enter before Sept. 30, 2017, at mizzou.com/tailgate.
6. BENGAL BUS
To do it big, you need a rig. Many Mizzou fans cruise to tailgate locations in busses and RVs decked out in black and gold. You might see Doug Whitworth, BS BA ’92, of Emery Sapp and Sons Inc., at the wheel of this party wagon.
7. TURN IT UP Crank up “Fight Tiger” and “Every True Son” just before kickoff to get the crowd pumped.
8. GRILLMASTER Truman is handy around open flames. Perhaps that’s why he arrives at football games in a 1950s-vintage Boone County fire truck known as Truman’s Taxi.
9. TIGER STRIPES OR GRILL MARKS?
Deep-fried turkey, wood-fired pizza, succulent sushi spreads or traditional brats and burgers — you’ll find all of the above at a Tiger tailgate. Fanatical foodies prep on Fridays for Saturday’s feast.
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