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The Border War Rivalry

I’m sure you all remember the infamous Border War rivalry between the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks. The athletic competition between the two schools began in the 1890s when both schools were in the Western Interstate University Football Association. Sports Illustrated even described it as the oldest D1 rivalry west of the Mississippi River in 2011. Every year the Missouri-Kansas football game was held in Kansas City, Missouri to bring in fans from both schools.

How the Mizzou Homecoming Tradition Began

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Our Chief Creative Officer and Owner, Monica, with her family of Tigers!

In 1911, the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association made it mandatory for conference games to be played on college campuses. Chester Brewer, Mizzou’s athletic director at the time, was afraid there would be low attendance for that year’s Missouri-Kansas football game. He decided to invite the Mizzou alumni to “come home” for the game, which drew a crowd of 9,000-plus. Homecoming then became an annual reunion for Mizzou alumni on the day of an important football game.

Come out to the Homecoming celebrations!

Don’t forget Mizzou’s Homecoming is this Saturday, October 22. Traditional activities include:

  • Friday, October 21
    • Campus Decorations from 6-9 p.m.
      • Walk through Greektown to see fraternities’ and sororities’ house decs on the Homecoming theme, Truman’s Tall Tails.
    • Spirit Rally at 8:30 p.m.
      • Get excited for the big game with Truman the Tiger, the Mizzou Spirit Squads and Marching Mizzou at Traditions Plaza.
  • Saturday, October 22
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    • Parade at 9 a.m.
      • Parade starts on Rollins Street
      • Turns north onto Hitt Street
      • Turns east onto University Avenue
      • Turns north onto 9th Street
      • Turns east onto Broadway
      • Finishes going south on 6th Street back to campus
    • Football Game at 3 p.m.
      • Watch the Tigers take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Memorial Stadium or on the SEC Network.

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