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August 1, 2011 9:24 am, UTC
By: Ryan Williams
Undergraduate Enrollment: ~32,000
If there are only two pieces of advice that I would give to visitors of Columbia it would be to 1) go to a Mizzou football game and 2) eat at Shakespeare’s pizza. Shakespeare’s is to Columbia, MO what Giordano’s is to Chicago or Gino’s East to New York. It’s recognized as the best pizza in the city, and Missouri natives even say it’s some of the best in the state. A favorite amongst visitors, and locals alike, it’s always packed – Good Morning America has named it as “best college hang out in the nation,” but it’s not just for the teens and young adults. One has the choice of 8”, 12” or 16” of pizza (the 16” inch feeds three-four, and it actually does). You’ll leave Shakespeare’s with a full stomach that can last the whole game…and then some. Shakespeare’s prides itself on being different from any other place out there by placing the equal amount of each topping on the pizza no matter if you get one topping or many. For example, a 16” pepperoni pizza should have 28 pepperonis on it, and if you add any more toppings, you will get 28 of those as well. They are also unique in their drink choices offering both Coke and Pepsi products…
Another good local dive is the Heidelberg not located too far from Shakespeare’s on 9th street. This is a great place if you’re traveling with kids, want to eat somewhere nice, but not too nice. They have a great American style menu with your regulars of burgers, pastas, wraps salads, etc., but they also have some of their own favorites such as their country fried steak – a personal favorite of mine or their popular Kansas City Strip steak. They have both inside seating and then an upstairs for patio seating. There’s a bar available on the main floor so any drink that you would like with your meal is just an order away. On Sunday’s there is a breakfast buffet offered at 10 a.m. so you can well fed hitting the road again.
Addison’s and Boone’s Tavern are up there, too, on the list of Columbia cuisine and are strongly encouraged for visitor’s to try. As for the nightlife, you’ll want to journey towards Harpo’s (Tenth St.) or Fieldhouse (Broadway & Hitt Street) to experience the best of what downtown Columbia has to offer. Even the ESPN Gameday crew made it down to Harpo’s last year when they were here for the Oklahoma game so it’s a pretty big deal.
The Stadium: Faurot Field
Where does one even begin to describe what one of the best stadiums the Big 12 has to offer…for starters, the stadiums horseshoe design allows for the fan noise to carry throughout the whole city of Columbia. Whether you make it to the game or not, you can believe that all of Columbia, MO knows exactly when the Tigers are winning, or losing, though that rarely happens for the Tigers at home. The Missouri Tigers won their first six home games when the stadium first opened, and now have currently won 31 in their past 36 home games. Coach Gary Pinkel’s have experienced numerous “undefeated at home” seasons, which in turn has led Missouri to have some of the best Big 12 attendance numbers with an average around 65,000 fans per home game. The stadium is said to seat about 71,004, but considering that hardly anybody sits during a Mizzou home game they have been able to house up to 75,000+ for big games like the one vs. Penn State in 1980.
Faurot Field has history dating all the way back to 1926 and has many longstanding traditions still in place. One being any freshman who’s interested coming to the stadium the week before the Tigers home opener ever season to paint the rocks that make up the 95-foot-long, 95-foot wide ‘M’ that sits right outside of the stadiums north endzone. Seating is also available on the grass when the bleachers are said to be full or at maximum capacity. There are numerous in-game traditions Mizzou is known for: Truman, the official mascot, riding on the official Missouri fire truck spraying the student section with the truck’s hose to get the fans motivated to cheer on their Tigers or doing push-ups for every point that Mizzou scores, and “Big Mo,” a Chicago theatrical drum donated to the school by the St. Louis Tiger club boosters, has become a premier tradition in recent years and every time it’s struck you know there’s another six on the board for M-I-Z Z-O-U.
With the traditions, fan engagement, and an 80 feet by 31.5 HD screen that sits above the south endzone, Missouri’s Faurot field in amongst the upper echelon of Big 12 stadiums and a must visit!
Monday, August 1, 2011
The Mizzou Athletic Department has announced that the Ninth Annual Football Fan Day will be held Sunday, Aug. 7, at Faurot Field. Gates will open at 3:45 p.m. and the team and coaches will sign autographs until 5:15 p.m. Admission to the fan-friendly event is free.
Tiger fans will have the opportunity to go onto the field and meet the Mizzou players and coaches and get autographs. Players will be able to sign one item per fan and free schedule posters will also be available at the event. Fans should enter via Gate 1 or Gate 2W beginning at 3:45 p.m. There will be plenty of free water on hand, but fans are encouraged to bring their own sealed bottle of water to help beat the heat as well. Other outside food and beverage will not be permitted.
Parking for the event will be free and fans looking to get the latest Mizzou Football team gear are invited to check out the Tiger Team Store, which will be open that day from 3-6 p.m. Fans can park in any of the lots around Memorial Stadium.
With the football season just around the corner, fans are encouraged to pick up season tickets for what should be another exciting year at Memorial Stadium. Season tickets start as low as $229 and mini-plans begin as low as $75. Single game tickets will go on sale Aug. 4. For more information on tickets, visit MUTigers.com or call 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS locally).
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 30, 2011, 7:04 AM EDT
Brad Smith is not a wide receiver anymore.
Smith, who was listed as a receiver but was really more of a playmaking jack of all trades in his five seasons with the Jets, is now listed as a quarterback on the Bills’ roster. Bills head coach Chan Gailey says he views Smith as primarily a quarterback, but a different kind of quarterback.
“Brad is a very good athlete and was a very good quarterback coming out of college,” Gailey said. “He has proven he can make plays on the football field in a lot of different ways. We love his versatility and what he is going to bring to our football team.”