Published May 22, 2012 - 9:56am
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City officials and university reps in Columbia, Missouri, are planning on a Tiger Town, also known as a block party, showcasing local businesses on days of home football games against SEC teams.
Tiger Town is supposedly going to take up six downtown blocks, and it will be a site for vendor booths, radio stations and restaurants to provide entertainment before four SEC home football games.
And of course, this would start in week two when the Tigers host future top 10 Georgia Bulldogs.
Along with gameday events, Tiger Town will also be setting up a Friday night event such as a concert or pep rally before the Saturday games.
The marketing committee will seek sponsorships from businesses to help offset the estimated costs that are between $150,000 and $200,000.
Although some major decisions and planning still have to be drawn out, Tiger Town said to be compared to The Grove at Ole Miss or The Coop at South Carolina.
Official plans are supposed to be confirmed by early June.
George Steinhoff is a local business man who, along with three others, helped originally propose the idea:
“This is our only time to have a first impression, so we want to go all out, make something unique,” Steinhoff said. “This is our chance to show our beautiful downtown and our beautiful campus.”
In addition to it being a massive block party, there will be a designated “family area” – aka alcoholic-free area – near Stankowski Field.
Missouri is set to make its mark on SEC football. I love the idea. I’m all about anything to get fans and rivals’ fans to create a buzz about going to Columbia, Missouri.