City of Columbia to provide free bus service on Nov. 5th and free downtown parking after 4 p.m.

The University of Missouri Department of Athletics is preparing for its Nov. 5thThursday night game against Mississippi State.  It will mark the first Thursday night home game for Mizzou since 2009 (Nebraska), and only the third in program history (1992 vs. Colorado).

As Mizzou partners with numerous campus and city entities to make preparations for the game, fans are encouraged to stay up-to-date with the latest information on logistics related to parking, traffic, and all elements of the game, by bookmarking in their browser.

The City of Columbia will provide an outstanding service on game day as all normal COMO Connect city bus routes will run a “free transit day.”  The standard football game-day routes will also be running for $1.50 each way (visit for details).

In addition, the city will suspend parking fees at all city-owned meters and parking garages beginning at 4 p.m. on that day.

It is important to note for general public (non-donor) parking, for this game only, spaces will not be available in the Tiger Avenue and Parking Garage #7 structures.  The best parking solutions will be to park downtown and use the convenient and affordable transportation provided by the city.  All parking on the MU campus will be designated for students, faculty and staff for the evening.

For continuing information about Mizzou Athletics and Mizzou Football, follow along  on Twitter at @MizzouAthletics , @MizzouFootball , @MizzouGameDay or on Facebook on the official Mizzou Athletics page or Mizzou Football’s page.

Be sure to check the map to see which color your section should wear!

After Mizzou Football fans successfully honored last year’s Homecoming theme of ‘Celebrating Our Stripes’ and successfully Tiger Striped Memorial Stadium, Gary Pinkel is encouraging fans to do the same this season against UConn on Sept. 19. The Tigers host the Huskies at 11 a.m. that Saturday on ESPN.

Mizzou asks that fans attending the game against UConn do the same by dressing in either black or gold to Tiger Stripe The ZOU. Tiger fans are encouraged to follow the Tiger Stripe map to see what color is assigned to their specific ticket section, and dress accordingly.

Tickets to the UConn game are still available and can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-CAT PAWS. For all the latest on Mizzou Football, follow the team on Twitter @MizzouFootball and like us on Instagram (MizzouFootball) and Facebook (Mizzou Football).

Mizzou students (and general public) can still purchase general admission season tickets

 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Athletics announced on Wednesday that its allotment of 2015 football student season tickets are officially sold out. The tickets sold out the week before Mizzou opens the 2015 campaign against Southeast Missouri State in The ZOU on September 5 at 3:00 p.m. on SEC Network (alternate). 2015 marks the fourth time in the last five seasons and the second consecutive year that Mizzou has sold out its student ticket allotment.

“We have one of the best student sections in the country here at Mizzou,” Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said. “Their energy and vocal support plays a huge role in enhancing the GameDay environment at The ZOU. We appreciate the passion of our students and are thrilled to announce the student ticket allotment has sold out for the 2015 season.”

Mizzou students (and general public) can still purchase a general admission season ticket located on the Rock M Hill in the north end zone for $150. Season tickets on the hill, reserved season tickets, as well as individual game tickets can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-CAT PAWS or in person at the Mizzou Arena ticket office.

For all the latest on Mizzou Football, follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouFootball), Facebook (Mizzou Football) and Instagram (@MizzouFootball) as well.

Incoming Mizzou Freshmen participated in the Mizzou Traditions of kissing the 50 yard line and painting the Rock M in The ZOU on Friday, August 21, 2015 in Columbia, Mo.


Department of Athletics continues to boost fan experience at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football’s game day at Memorial Stadium offers fans one of the most unique environments in the country to experience the pageantry and excitement of college football. The University of Missouri Department of Athletics continually evaluates this experience and has announced several enhancements and modifications for the 2015 season.

“Maintaining our great fan experience at Mizzou Football game days is extremely important to us,” said Senior Director of External Engagement Ashley Moore. “Building on success is essential, but we’re always learning, which makes feedback from Mizzou fans especially valuable.”

In partnership with Levy Restaurants, Memorial Stadium’s concessions customer experience has been modified with the intention of providing increased options and variety, improved visual representation and decreased wait times. Decreased customer wait times at stands and kiosks around the stadium remains a continued priority.

Mizzou has increased the number of promotional giveaways at home games for the 2015 season. Giveaway items include rally towels, pom-poms and fans. These giveaways will be available while supplies last at selected games throughout Mizzou’s home schedule.

In-game entertainment will receive a boost with the presence of Faurot Field’s own DJ, whose musical selections will complement Marching Mizzou. Joining the fun will be Mizzou’s cheer squad, which will now routinely operate a mobile t-shirt launcher that has the capability of firing 24 t-shirts every five seconds to awaiting Mizzou fans.

The health and safety of fans who visit Mizzou events continues to be a priority, as enhanced training of event staff has been provided. Readily available hydration at outdoor events remains a matter of extreme importance, as water bottle filling stations have been installed throughout Memorial Stadium. Water fountain locations have also been improved on the stadium’s east side.

“Providing a safe and exciting environment for Mizzou Football fans is our biggest priority,” said Director of Event Management Derek Doolittle. “We appreciate the feedback we receive and strive to continue creating an outstanding product for our visitors.”

The Southeastern Conference conducts preseason and postseason surveys and Mizzou Athletics regularly analyzes the results in order to meet the needs of fans. Tiger fans who have participated in surveys provide valuable information that helps the department better its product and find focus areas for fan experience enhancements.

For more information on Mizzou Football, visit and follow the program on Twitter (@MizzouFootball). To learn more about Mizzou’s game day experience, visit

Players and coaches available for autographs on Faurot Field


COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou Department of Athletics will hold its 13th annual Football Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, August 9, at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium. Gates will open to the public at approximately 3:15 p.m., and the team and coaches will be on hand to sign autographs until 4:45 p.m. Admission to this fan favorite event is free.

At Fan Day, Mizzou’s followers will have the opportunity to go onto the field and meet Tiger players and coaches and get autographs. Players will be limited to signing one item per fan, with free schedule posters available on the field for those interested. Guests bringing multiple items to the gate will be asked to return additional items to their vehicle.

Fans should enter the stadium via Gates 1 or 2W beginning at 3:15 p.m. Those with disabilities should enter through Lot G and park in the area south of the stadium and enter through the southwest field level gate. There will be free water on hand at field level, but fans are encouraged to bring their own sealed bottled water to help beat the potential heat as well. Other outside food and beverages will not be permitted.

Parking for the event is free, and fans are encouraged to park in the lots to the west and south of Memorial Stadium (Founder’s Lot A, Lot C, Lot D and Lot G).

Fans looking to get the latest Mizzou Football team gear are invited to check out the Tiger Team Store, which will be open August 9 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Check back to next week for an updated autograph tent diagram with the location of your favorite Tiger players.

For updated Mizzou Football ticket information, continue to visit, or follow Mizzou Athletics on Twitter at @mutigersdotcom.

“Each one of you had to sacrifice for this family. Each one of you had to go out and earn it. It was never going to be given to us.

It’s that passion of a Missouri Tiger that causes our fans to fill The ZOU. That enthusiasm you bring to the games is what brings this state together on a Saturday.” – Gary Pinkel

Season tickets for the 2015 season in The ZOU are on sale now.


Young Mizzou Football fans visited The ZOU on Saturday, May 30, 2015 to learn football skills from coaches and players. The next youth camp is Sunday, July 26. Fans in grades 1st-8th can sign up on

Football was back in action in The ZOU Saturday, April 18, and the atmosphere was just as electric as ever. Gary Pinkel’s squad gave the crowd of 30,000-plus a reason to cheer as the 2014 Mizzou seniors were recognized at midfield. Hundreds of MizzouMade players, including NFL stars like Jeremy Maclin, Brad Smith, Sheldon Richardson, and Tim Barnes were in The ZOU to catch up with their Mizzou family.

It was the first team defense that came up big to begin the game, with junior defensive end Marcus Loud getting a sack to end the first series. The second team offense would get it going later though. They drove down the field and made some impressive individual plays in the first quarter, including a one-handed catch and run by senior tailback Tyler Hunt on a screen pass.

But the 1’s wouldn’t be outdone. Senior tailback Russell Hansbrough rushed his way to a first down and sophomore tight end Jason Reese hauled in a 12-yard catch from junior quarterback Maty Mauk to set up a field goal. Senior placekicker Andrew Baggett, who’s had a strong spring season, put a 36-yard field goal through the uprights to make it 14-3 after booting a 65-yard punt earlier in the quarter.

Following the first score of the game, the 2’s responded with a drive of their own. A back-shoulder pass from sophomore quarterback Eddie Printz to sophomore wide receiver DeSean Blair resulted in a 20-yard gain, and highlighted the drive by the second team. The drive ended on 4th and 1 when junior defensive lineman Harold Brantley dropped for a 2-yard loss.

Mauk looked impressive in the next series, hooking up with senior wide receiver Wesley Leftwich on a nice out-route while on the move for a 14-yard gain. Mauk would also scramble his way inside the 5-yard line in the 2-minute drill, and capped off the series with a 4-yard fade to junior wide receiver J’mon Moore in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Mauk threw for 5-6 for 36 yards on the series, and also scrambled 3 times for 28 yards on the ground. His totals for the game were 9-14 for 68 yards, one touchdown and 6 carries for 40 rushing yards.

The second half showed more highlight plays, including a nice 25-yard grab from sophomore wide receiver Raymond Wingo from fellow sophomore quarterback Marvin Zanders, and a 23-yard catch two plays later. Junior placekicker Nick Coffman would give the 2’s a 25-yard field goal. The final score Tiger2 17, Mizzou1 10.

The Mizzou Football Family begins fall camp for the 2015 season the first week of August. You can buy tickets here to cheer on the Back-to-Back SEC East Champions in the fall.

Dear Mizzou Nation,

Happy New Year to our amazing fans!  We’re only a few days removed from our exciting win over Minnesota in the 2015 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, and we’re so proud of everyone in our program and all the great work they did this season to produce such a successful year.

I wanted to take a moment to express how grateful that I and my coaching staff and players are, for everything you, our fans, do for us at Mizzou!  You have absolutely been a key part of our success that’s seen us win a program-record 23 games over the last two seasons, which includes back-to-back SEC Eastern Division championships and consecutive January bowl game wins.  Sharing our Citrus Bowl victory on that stage after the game with our fans who all stuck around to celebrate was such a rewarding experience for everyone.

Mizzou Football Head Coach Gary Pinkel thanks fans after a victory on the road in South Carolina.We rely on you to do a lot for our program, and you have helped us turn The Zou into one of the best game-day atmospheres in the country.  We’ve asked for your support on the road, and you’ve continued to show up in a big-time way no matter where the Tigers are playing.

The showing Mizzou made for the Citrus Bowl was outstanding, and whether you traveled to Orlando, Fla., to see the game in person, or if you bought and donated tickets from our allotment to local organizations, we made another very positive showing to bowl game officials that will help us market our program in the future.

And speaking of the future, I am very excited about this upcoming year.  Everyone deserves a little time off, so we’ll do that now for a short time, but very soon our players will be back in school and working as hard as they ever have with academics, as well as off-season conditioning.  At the same time, our staff will be working hard on recruiting, and evaluating this past season and looking at ways to improve in 2015.  Spring practice will be just around the corner, and then before you know it, it’s the summer and about time for fall camp to begin!

There’s a lot to be grateful for surrounding Mizzou Tiger Football, and just as much to be excited about for the future.

Thanks again to our fans for your support, for your passion for Mizzou Football, and for everything you do to make this such a special place!

Best wishes, and M-I-Z!

Gary Pinkel