Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium AKA “The Zou” has been the home of Tigers football since 1925. It can hold roughly 72,000 people and sometimes it feels like that is still not enough as they experience many capacities and over capacity crowds in Columbia. The raucous crowds have even led to the stadium’s famed nickname “The Zou” as the raucous fans are similar to wild animals in the stands.
One of the more interesting facts about Missouri is that Mizzou is the birthplace of Homecoming – one of the most common and recognizable traditions in all of college football. The University would invite alumni to “come home” for the game. In 1911, the tradition of Homecoming at the University of Missouri began with a spirit rally, a parade and more than 9,000 fans packed into Rollins Field (now Stankowski Field) to watch Mizzou football. It has since served as a model for the various Homecoming celebrations that take place across the nation. Take a chance to attend the Mizzou homecoming game to experience homecoming in its purest form.
The Missouri Tigers are one of the better programs in all of college football having had a lot of success lately as well as throughout their history. The Tigers have taken home 15 conference titles, five division titles, and two national championships and they are still on the rise. The Tigers are a fun team to watch, with a rich history, and some of the greatest fans in all of sports, so you’ll have a great time when you make the trip to Columbia to watch the Tigers.
Things to check out
The Rock “M”
As soon as the stadium comes into view, the first thing fans and opponents alike will see is the massive rock “M” that stands above the north end zone. The M was built by a group of freshman students in 1927 and has been an integral part of the stadium ever since. Nebraska and Kansas fans have tried to turn the M into an N or K but the groundskeepers and students are very protective of this historic landmark inside their stadium, and no one has succeeded in altering the M.Watch video
Standing at nine feet tall, Memorial Stadium is home to the world’s largest marching bass drum. The drum is often used by the Marching Mizzou, so look and listen for this incredible instrument.
This tradition began in 1976 during a game between the Tigers and Ohio State and has carried on to today. The Marching Mizzou will begin their halftime show by splitting to opposite sides of the stadium and have one side of fans chanting “M-I-Z” followed by the other side chanting “Z-O-U.” Usually, the student section will shout the first half while the alumni section will follow with the latter half!Watch video
Black Out Game
The very last home game of the season (which is also senior night) is the black-out game in which fans are encouraged to wear all black. The game is played at night, and even the Tigers players are decked out in black uniforms. The coaches will participate as well by wearing black shirts.Watch video
Originally fans were encouraged to wear gold to one game a season until the Gold Rush game in 2007 against Nebraska. Head coach Pinkel thought the game day atmosphere was so successful that he and the athletic department asked fans only to wear gold the rest of the season (with the exclusion of the black-out game). After the 2007 season, the first home game has become known as the Gold Rush Kickoff game, and everyone wears gold for the remainder of the season up until the Black Out Game.
Old Missouri (Alma Mater)
Old Missouri, fair Missouri,
Dear old varsity, Ours are hearts that fondly love thee,
Here’s a health to thee.
Proud art thou in classic beauty,
Of thy noble past; With thy watchwords, Honor, Duty,
Thy high fame shall last.
Every student, man and maiden,
Swells the glad refrain,
Till the breezes music laden,
Waft it back again.
(Main Verse) Fight, Tiger, fight for old Mizzou, Right behind you, everyone is with you.
Break the line and follow down the field,
And, you’ll be, on the top, upon the top.
Fight, Tiger, you will always win, Proudly keep the colors flying skyward.
In the end, we’ll win the victory,
So Tiger, fight for Old Mizzou! (YELL) T-I-G-E-R-S, TIGERS GO! (Repeat Main Verse)
Every True Son and Daughter
Every true son, so happy hearted,
Skies above us are blue,
There’s a spirit so deep within us,
Old Missouri here’s to you (RAH! RAH!).
When the band plays the Tiger war song,
And when the fray is through,
We will tramp, tramp, tramp around the Columns,
With a cheer for Old Mizzou!
HOORAY, HURRAH, MIZZOU, MIZZOU!
HOORAY, HURRAH, MIZZOU, MIZZOU!
HOORAY, HURRAH, AND A BULLY FOR OLD MIZZOU,
RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH!
MIZZOU-RAH! MIZZOU-RAH! MIZZOU-RAH, TIGERS!