Tiger Town clears Columbia City Council hurdle

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 2:24 p.m. CDT; updated 10:49 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 19, 2012

COLUMBIA — With city approvals in place, Columbia’s newest game day event is set to kick off for the first Southeastern Conference home game Sept. 8 against the University of Georgia.

THE LATEST: Monday night, the Columbia City Council unanimously approved street closures on Eighth Street from Broadway to Elm Street as well as a waiver of the open container policy. Tiger Town organizers Greg Steinhoff and Bob Gerding told the council, "Tiger Town will be a first-class event that will make everyone in Columbia proud."

WHAT'S EXPECTED: Tiger Town will be a pregame block-party event that will take place four hours before kickoff of Southeastern Conference home games. The stretch of Eighth Street will be closed beginning at 3 a.m. the day of games. Tiger Town itself ends at kickoff, and the street will remain closed an hour or so while breaking down. There will be live entertainment, food vendors, beer booths and a family friendly area. Shuttles will be provided between Memorial Stadium and the downtown area before and after the game.

WHAT’S NEXT: “Now it’s all about making Tiger Town come together,” Steinhoff said. Tiger Town organizers are directing their attention to raising money, putting together a marketing budget and recruiting volunteers to be Tiger Ambassadors.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.


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Jeremy Calton June 19, 2012 | 5:20 p.m.

Sounds awesome. So awesome that we should waive the open container policy EVERY DAY.

Heck, just FRI and SAT and holidays would go a long way toward reducing this blue law junk we have on the books. Without alcohol sales, this place would be a ghost town.

If you're old enough to drink, you're old enough to carry something in your hand while walking.

Make it no glass containers: that's fine, too. Something.

What are the reasons (or pretexts) for this ordinance? Whatever those supposed reasons are, why wouldn't those reasons apply 8 times a year? Either it's bad to do or its not bad to do. If it's not bad, then get rid of the rule.

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Ray Shapiro June 19, 2012 | 11:06 p.m.

(“As it gets warmer — and recently because we’re short-staffed — we can’t handle all the incidents by ourselves," Sgt. Chris Kelley said.

The downtown patrol generally deals with fights, mostly caused by people drinking too much.

“I think a lot of assaults we’ve had wouldn’t have happened if people weren’t overly intoxicated,” downtown patrol Officer Eric Hughes said.")

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