Officials set to solidify Tiger Town plans next month

Monday, May 21, 2012 | 12:03 p.m. CDT; updated 2:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 21, 2012

COLUMBIA — As football season approaches, city officials and university representatives continue to plan for Tiger Town. So far, not many decisions have been made.

Planners anticipate that Tiger Town will be a block party showcasing local businesses on days of home football games against Southeastern Conference teams. About six downtown blocks would be closed for the event.

“Tiger Town is really about putting our best foot forward. We want to highlight the best of Columbia to visiting SEC fans as well as our returning alumni and fans,” said John Murray, an MU representative.

MU is represented on all of the Tiger Town planning committees. In conjunction with the city, they are working to create plans for downtown security as well as transportation to Faurot Field.

Fundraising is also under consideration. Tiger Town organizer Greg Steinhoff said total costs are estimated to be between $150,000 and $200,000. The marketing committee will seek sponsorships from businesses in an effort to offset these costs, Steinhoff said.

Although there have been no street closure requests filed nor any call for vendors, Community Improvement District board member Carrie Gartner said plans are still in effect to have the event up and running by the first home SEC football game Sept. 8.

Steinhoff said official plans are expected to be confirmed by early June.  

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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