COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri Athletics Department announced today the launch of its first-ever "Tailgate Concert Series" to take place before all 2017 Mizzou home football games.
In partnership with fan-focused hospitality and entertainment company Blockparty, each concert will feature a nationally-prominent artist, and will take place following the "Tiger Walk," which happens two and half hours prior to kickoff. The stage for each performance will be in Tiger Town, the free fan fest area located on the east side of Faurot Field on Mick Deaver Memorial Drive outside of Memorial Stadium.
"We believe the Tailgate Concert Series will be a great addition to the Mizzou game day experience for all Tiger fans," said Mizzou Senior Athletics Director for Marketing and Revenue Generation Jay Luksis. "We've been able to secure a great line-up of artists for the season that should appeal to fans of all ages."
Concerts will last for approximately one hour to leave Mizzou fans ample time prior to kickoff to enter the stadium. Admission to the concert series is free and does not require a game ticket.
"What we've created at Missouri is not only unique to us, it's unique within college football," said Block Party co-founder and CEO Adam Ward. "We're able to draw on our experience in both sports and music to provide the ultimate in game day entertainment."
The current scheduled 2017 concert series, which is subject to change, includes…
- September 2 vs. Missouri State – Ocean Park Standoff
- September 9 vs. South Carolina -- Lauren Jenkins
- September 16 vs. Purdue -- Wilder
- September 23 vs. Auburn -- David Nail
- October 21 vs. Idaho -- Gin Blossoms
- November 4 vs. Florida -- Josh Abbott Band
- November 11 vs. Tennessee -- Shane Smith and The Saints
In addition to hosting the new Tailgate Concert Series and the Tiger Walk, a revamped Tiger Town will also have bounce houses, team autograph sessions, face painting, photo opportunities, giveaways and sponsored vendors available in the pre-game fan fest environment.
Mizzou opens its 2017 season on Sept. 2 against Missouri State in the first of four-straight home games. Kickoff time for that contest has not yet been finalized. Season tickets are available by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS locally), or by going online.
As previously announced, Blockparty will offer a variety of tailgate packages to students, alumni, student organizations and companies this football season. Fans who purchase tailgate packages through Blockparty will be ensured reserved locations for each concert near the concert stage located between the Hearnes Center and Truman's Terrace.
Tailgate tent packages at Missouri will begin at $450 for a 10' x 10' high-peak tailgate tent setup at a premium reserved tailgate location near the stadium. Full-scale packages include premium lounge furniture, high-end coolers with ice, high-top tables, tables for food and drink, and access to the bellhop service with ability to add on a fan and a media package with HD satellite service and integrated sound bar, for the ultimate game day experience.
Fans interested in reserving tailgate packages for the 2017 season can book online at blockpartypresents.com, send an email to email@example.com or call (573) 303-6918 for more information.