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.
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