Tiger Town announces pre-football game event dates

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 6:57 p.m. CDT; updated 7:09 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 16, 2012

COLUMBIA ­— Tiger Town organizers announced two dates for the game day event.

The pre-football game event will only be hosted before two of the four home conference games, Tiger Town organizer Greg Steinhoff said.

The selected dates are:

  • Sept. 8 for the home game against the University of Georgia
  • Oct. 13 for the home game against the University of Alabama

The downtown event was originally planned to take place before every Southeastern Conference home game, according to previous Missourian reports.

However, Steinhoff said the event will be limited to two games because the organizers want to focus on making the first year of Tiger Town as successful as possible.

The organizers chose the Alabama and Georgia games because the two teams have a fan base that travels well, Steinhoff said.

Vanderbilt University fans do not travel extensively, Steinhoff said. And because the game against the University of Kentucky is this year's homecoming game, downtown will already be busy with the scheduled activities.

However, it’s very possible that in future years, Tiger Town will hold events before all the Southeastern Conference home football games or even before all MU home football games, Steinhoff said.

“We are excited because these two games we chose will bring a lot of visitors, hype and national attention,” he said.

Tiger Town will be a pregame block-party event that will close Eighth Street from Broadway to Elm Street before kickoff for the two football games. The event will begin four hours before kickoff and last until the start of the game, according to previous Missourian reports.

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