It’s that time again.
The time to get back to where so much of it started at. To what may or may not have been the best days of your life, but what for certain are some of the most unforgettable…while making some new days to not forget again. The end of October, so its time to get back to where you once belonged.
It’s Homecoming, got dammit.
And not just any, but it’s Mizzou Homecoming, and if you have been in the last few years, you know something big is in store. From Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 we need Black Mizzou of all ages to come and takeover Columbia. If you’ve missed out, it’s time to finally quit saying “next time”, because you are missing out. Homecoming has become about as big of a deal as can be imagined, and for the Black Mizzou, Homecoming has become an event that’s worth calling off on Monday for, a year early.
So make it down early, stay as long as you can handle it. The numbers have grown each year, as have the events. The tailgate grew so much last year, new rules are going into place to work it out this time (see below), but it still is what it always has been: a weekend of pure partying and being a real Tiger back in the jungle. Whether you’re 10 years gone or barely one, this is what Black Mizzou Homecoming is all about…
Straight off the highway, Into the Fryer—TROPS on the Southside (Happy Hours): It’s a whole new type of experience, but it’s still where to get started off at (as well as about half the reason you came in the first place, don’t lie). Stop by, meet up with who you’re coming to see and get ready for the rest of the night.
Greek Alumni Happy Hour—Missouri Theater (4-7): For our returning Greeks, the department of Greek Life is hosting a happy hour event on the roof of the Missouri Theater and wants for all returning NPHC members to come out and be represented. Enjoy cut prices on drinks and food, as well as a view of downtown Columbia that’s all-new.
The Nightscene—Bangkok Gardens (811 Cherry Street, Columbia MO 65201 – 11:00 to 1:30): It got so big last year, that we had to add an extra floor this year. Get there early to eat, stay after to party. Enjoy happy hour drinks and a two floor party experience that’s everything you’ll need in one event.
BLACK ALUMNI TAILGATE PART III –All Day, Corner of College & Stadium (by the Hampton Inn & Suites) 8:00 until the coals go out: It’s the main event, made early. The biggest event of the weekend for Black Alums starts with breakfast on corner and ends when we say it does.
We’ll be out there early, and advise you follow suit. The Keg and Eggs brunch is out early, and then its full into the brats, burgers, chicken and whatever else finds its way to the pit. Offerings are accepted, and the more that comes in, the more there is to go around.
If you’re in town already, pull yourself up. If you’re coming in early, head straight to the spot. Space is limited, and due to the growing nature of the tailgate, we are telling everybody to come out as early as possible and set up your plot. Whether it’s just backing your car in next to the tailgate area, or setting up a tent and stretching it out, the earlier you make it out, the better chance you have of getting your own space.
Black Homecoming Festivities and Yard Show—Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union (1-3 pm): Get back into the school spirit with the showing of the undergrad homecoming activities and a NPHC Step/Stroll off. Taking place between the Law Library and Alumni Center, between Stankowski Field and Jesse Hall, more details as this develops, but it’s a must see part of the weekend experience.
Your BCS #5 Missouri Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (6:00): MIzzou is riding a high and is the biggest surprise of the college football season. At six, they take to the field to prove that numbers don’t lie and have a chance to take a step closer to locking up and SEC East championship. The game will be live at Faurot, on the radio at the tailgate and on the screens at the Sports Zone bar that will neighbor the tailgate grounds. The night kicks off with yet another SEC win for our Tigers.
Rounding It Out—The Blue Fugue (9:00-1:00; 120 S. 9th Street, Columbia MO, 65201): The last move of the weekend should be the best, and that’s what the move down to The Blue Fugue is. Bringing back those vibes of Athena, Silhouette and Dali’s, all in one, this is the final spot for the alumni weekend. Whether you’re there to get your party in or to just catch a table with some drinks, this is where to be. There will be a small cover, but the age is restricted to 23 and up so it will stay true to the Alumni culture.
Here you have it, Black Alumni Homecoming Weekend. And while the events are where we’ll be at, the experience of the old town is something to see. If you’ve got questions, ask them, but don’t drag your feet because it has become the must attended event of the year at the Alma Mater.
Hotel rooms are still available, and will be opening up regularly over the next few weeks. Watch as many outlets as you can (Priceline, Orbitz, etc) to find availability, and if you have rooms you are releasing, please leave the info here in the comments section below.
For more info as it develops, follow me on Twitter @CheapSeatFan, as well as contact @FranchICE06, @DaRealMattOates, @B_Wash5, @Twend_Setter or @GatorBell, as well as follow the hashtag #MIZHC on Twitter.
As for the Mizzou vs. South Carolina game on Saturday, here are ticket outlets with plenty of seats remaining: