MIZZOU’S FIRST FOOTBALL GAME IN ST. LOUIS SINCE 2010 WILL DRAW THOUSANDS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS DOWNTOWN
ST. LOUIS – September 11, 2023 – The wait for college football fans in St. Louis is nearly over – and now fans know when Mizzou and Memphis will kick off in the Mizzou to the Lou Classic at the Dome at America’s Center on Saturday, September 23. The game has been selected for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff time and will be broadcast on ESPNU. Mizzou is playing its first football game in St. Louis since facing Illinois six times in nine years between 2002 and 2010 – all six games were Mizzou victories.
The “Battle of the Tigers” will have all the excitement and pageantry of a big-time college football game with many fan events and activities throughout Downtown on game day, and entertainment options all weekend. Festivities begin on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with the Bud Light Tailgate in Baer Plaza – located across Broadway from the Dome. With music, food, drinks, kids activities, and special appearances by Mizzou VIPs, the Golden Girls, Mini Mizzou pep band, and Truman the Tiger, the Bud Light Tailgate will be the pre-game headquarters for fans. Highlighted by Mizzou’s traditional “Tiger Walk”, which occurs roughly 2 and a half hours before game time, Downtown St. Louis will have the true college town game day atmosphere.
Ballpark Village will be the site of a Friday Night Kickoff Party at 6 p.m. on September 22, and will host the Mizzou Alumni Association’s official pre-game tailgate starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday September 23. Additionally, there will be a series of concerts at the National Blues Museum, featuring a St. Louis vs. Memphis battle of the blues bands on Friday night, an “I Got the Varsity Blues” concert on Saturday, and a “Winding Down to the Blues” concert to wrap up the weekend on Sunday.
The Mizzou vs. Memphis game is part of the newly created Mizzou to the Lou Series, a partnership between the St. Louis Sports Commission and Mizzou Athletics to bring multiple Tigers men’s and women’s athletic events to St. Louis over the course of the 2023-24 academic year.
The game is a homecoming for 21 Mizzou players, including starting quarterback Brady Cook (Chaminade College Prep), leading receiver Luther Burden III (East St. Louis High School), and leading rusher Cody Schrader (Lutheran South High School).
Memphis and Mizzou have each started the season with two wins apiece. The teams have played four times in history, all since 1991, and Missouri has won three of the four games, the most recent coming in 2018, a 65-33 Mizzou victory.
Tickets remain, ranging from $20 to $100, and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com. Additional details, a full schedule of events, and information about group tickets and suites are available by visiting mizzoutothelou.com.
Special thanks to Mizzou to the Lou Classic sponsors Ameren, Regions, True Manufacturing, Greater St. Louis, Inc., Bud Light, and Sugarfire.