On game day, don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses and a loud voice

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — There's nothing like the first football game of the season at MU. Lights are bright, ears are ringing with screams, and the stadium is flooded with black and gold. 

Most games begin in the afternoon or evening, meaning a long day of tailgating, watching the game and finishing up with other parties.

The game will last about three hours with four 15-minute quarters, half-time and constant breaks in play.

Hours before the game, every parking lot around campus will be filled with fans, food and entertainment of some kind. After the game, fans will flock to  bars and restaurants across Columbia.

There are so many things that make college game day memorable, but the days can be so long that it is nearly impossible to remember everything you need for all of the events.

MU senior and Columbia native Morgan Scott has gone to football games and tailgates for at least three years. Scott has a few tips to make the day more pleasant.

"You'll want relatively comfortable shoes because you'll undoubtedly be doing a lot of walking," Scott said. "Sunglasses, too, so you can actually see the game."

Along with sunglasses and comfortable shoes, a few extra things are helpful to make it through a Missouri game day:

  • Cash — While being prepared is always a good idea, sometimes the game may run long and you can be hungry or thirsty. Stick a few dollars in your pocket and grab a snack at the stadium. Food and candy can range from $1 - $15.
  • Raincoat — Missouri weather can change often throughout the day. If there's a chance of rain in the forecast, throw on a raincoat or poncho. Umbrellas are not allowed.
  • Sunscreen — Apply before the day ensues or bring along a 3-ounce tube to stick in your pocket. With the sun beating down on you all day, you'll be happier the next day when your ears aren't peeling. 

MU graduate and prior Tiger's Lair sponsorship leader Emily Luckenbill said the Missouri games are really about the spirit you bring to the stadium.

"You have to be ready to stand for the whole game and cheer as loud as you can to help the Tigers bring home a win," she said.

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