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Official Review by Bill Kintner, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Faurot Field /Memorial Stadium has a long and interesting history. It was dedicated on October 2, 1926 in memory of the 112 alumni and students that lost their lives in World War I. The stadium originally held 25,000 and the first game against Tulane ended in a 0-0 tie.
Over the years the stadium was enlarged 12 different times to get to a capacity of 70,004 in 2012. The capacity has been reduced to 67,124 for the 2013 season for construction on the east side stands that will add a brand-new suite and club lounge tower. Plans call for it to be completed in time for the 2014 season.
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There are plenty of concession stands scattered across the concourse. The concession menu includes pork tenderloin, grilled steak sandwiches, mac n cheese and burnt end sandwiches, chicken torta sandwiches and much more. There are plenty of menu options that will appeal to almost every sports fan.
Hot dogs are $4.25 for a large dog that has a good blend of spices and a warm, soft bun. Grade: A. Popcorn is $4.25 with a light butter flavor and plenty of salt. Grade: B
Nachos are $4.50 with spicy cheese, but not too spicy and very good chips. Grade: A
Coke products are available for $4.25 for a 24 oz size.
There aren't huge lines at the concession stands with the wait less than five minutes at most of the concession stands.
There is a concourse that circles the stadium so that a fan can walk around the entire venue, but the field can only be seen from the north concourse. The north concourse is a big open deck and gathering place for fans. It does get tight on all but the north concourse.
Above the north concourse is a $5 million 30' x 80' scoreboard with the latest video capabilities and the picture is crystal clear and easily viewed from just about anywhere in the seating bowl. There is also a much smaller videoboard above the south seating area.
Below the north concourse and above the north end zone is the stadium's most historic and identifiable landmark-the large "M" made up of white washed rocks set in the grass berm where fans sit in general admission seating. It measures 90-feet wide by 95-feet high. It debuted October 1, 1927 and was built by students, using leftover rocks from the original construction of Memorial Stadium.
There have been stories of enterprising Nebraska or Kansas fans attempting to change the "M" into an "N" or "K," but groundskeepers and students do a good job of guarding the stadium landmark. The rock "M" is also whitewashed by incoming freshmen prior to the first game.
Finally, one thing I thought was a lot of fun was "Big Mo," the world's largest drum. It is nine feet tall and they roll it out on the field just before the game starts.
The neighborhood around the stadium is athletic fields and structures. The campus is just to the north. To find most retail stores, bars or restaurants you have to go about a mile or so to the downtown area.
Around the stadium there are tailgaters in parking lots, along Stadium Road and about anywhere fans can find to set up their game day banquet. Amazingly, fans pull their car up on the grass along Stadium Road and park their car. They break out their grills and the tailgating shifts into high gear.
There are not a lot of entertainment options close to the stadium. There is a sports bar at the Hampton Inn a couple blocks away on Stadium Road.
On the other side of campus, north of the stadium, there are plenty of places to eat and drink. It is probably a good 20 minute walk, so a lot of people drive to this area.
The Flat Branch Pub and Brewing Company on 5th Street lays claim to have been voted the, "Best Overall Restaurant in Columbia for four straight years!" They offer a diverse menu, as well as hand-crafted beers, single malt scotches, and small batch bourbons. The menu is large with burgers and sandwiches in the $8-$9 range, pizza, ribs, pasta, homemade breads and desserts.
If you can only go to one restaurant, Flat Branch gets my vote.
D. Rowe's Restaurant & Bar is located at 1005 Club Village Drive in South Columbia and this is a drive from the stadium. They bill themselves as the "Regular Place." They have the BBQ classics, which include ribs, smoked brisket, chicken and pulled pork from $12-$18. Burgers and sandwiches are in the $8-$10 range. They even have steak, pasta and some seafood.
Like any college town, pizza is one of the popular attractions and Shakespeare's Pizza gets the nod in Columbia. There is a downtown location on 9th Street, along with a west and a south location. You can purchase pizza by the slice or just $13.75 for a 16 inch cheese pizza and they have a full bar.
Finally, Booches is a premier burger joint and it is located downtown on 9th Street. It is a bar setting. The burgers are big and juicy. You can't go wrong with a burger at Booches.
The fans are pretty typical fans of BCS football. They come early, enjoy the experience, and make a lot of noise during the game.
If you get there early you can experience the Tiger Walk. This is when the football team arrives at the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex and walks across the Pedestrian bridge, down the south tunnel to its locker room.
At some point the students will yell "M-I-Z" and the alums will respond "Z-O-U." This is similar to Ohio State fans that yell "O-H," "I-O."
The intro song for the football team was borrowed from the Cincinnati Bengals-"Welcome to the Jungle." Mizzou seems to like Ohio.
Getting in and out isn't too bad. You will have to fight a little at the end when you leave, but that is part of the drill at about any BCS football stadium.
The restrooms are pretty average. They are reasonably clean and there are some moderate lines during peak times.
Tickets generally are $50 for general admission and $75 for reserved seating. For non-conference lesser opponents, tickets can be as low as $24 and $49.
Parking can run $25 for a garage spot, but free if you get there early and park along Stadium Road.
I will give a star for the "Big Mo" drum, that was pretty cool, a star for the wide variety of food, and a star for the band
Attending a Mizzou football game is a fun experience. The stadium works well and the fans are devoted to the program. The one thing that would make the experience better would be to have more things to do right around the stadium.
Other than that, attending a Mizzou game is a solid college football experience.
Member Review by JackWinter
The University of Missouri's Memorial Stadium was dedicated on October 2, 1926 to the lasting legacies of 112 students and alumni that lost their lives fighting for America in World War I. Situated just south of the MU campus in Columbia, MO, the playing surface at Memorial was dubbed Faurot Field in honor of legendary Tigers head coach Don Faurot.
Originally accommodating just 25,000 spectators, additional seating was gradually added to the stadium over a period of 50 years. By 1978, Memorial reached its present day seating capacity of 71,004, currently making it the third largest venue in the Big XII.
Though not one of the most historically significant or tradition rich venues in college football, Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium is nevertheless a more than serviceable home for the Missouri Tigers.
Member Review by Kristospherein on Jan 31, 2012
Went to a game as a kid and wasn't overly impressed. I realize the stadium has likely changed, specifically because they were terrible then and are much better now. I have been to games at several ACC, SEC, and Big12 stadiums and it doesn't match the atmosphere at the best SEC/ACC/Big12 stadiums.
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