Chester L. Brewer, MU’s Director of Athletics, had a vision. His vision, to add some excitement to the rivalry, was to invite alumni to “come home” for the game. As part of this celebration of “coming home,” there was a parade and spirit rally to coincide with the actual game. In 1911, with a spirit rally, parade and more than 9,000 fans packed into Rollins Field (current site of Stankowski Field), the tradition of “Homecoming” at the University of Missouri and has served as a model for the various Homecoming celebrations that take place across the nation.
The Homecoming celebration at Mizzou has become a grand tradition and one of MU’s largest events, as well as in the nation. Recently, the University of Missouri’s Homecoming celebration was named the best Homecoming in the nation–the only school to hold such an honor–and has been named a model Homecoming program, by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
For the sake of carrying on the spirit of the event, the Annual Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate is our largest and grandest event of the year. As a social fellow or a paid participator you and three of your guests can gain access to our all inclusive Homecoming tailgate event. Additional guests can attend for a small additional fee. The Alumni Association has secured a group of tailgate spots in the St. Thomas Moore Newman Center parking lot coveniently located next to the Turner Avenue Parking Garage for easy access and right between Faurot Field and Downtown Columbia. All of you and your guests will be treated to a smorgasborg of catered food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and tailgates games and fun. This family friendly event is designed for all ages and is your opportunity to get back to your roots for this exciting event for both Mizzou and your Beta Alpha Alumni Association.
Greek Town House Decorations | 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Celebrate Homecoming at Campus House Decorations. Thousands of students and alumni descend on Greek Town for this annual event. These giant skits are sure to surprise and entertain you and your children. Admission is free.
Homecoming Parade | 7:00 am
Join thousands of spectators at the annual Homecoming Parade. Head downtown or find a spot on campus to view this cornerstone tradition.
Beta Alpha Alumni Association Tailgate | Time TBA: Typically 4 hours before game time
Join us for our biggest event of the year. Food will be catered and all of your drinks and fun taken care of. Come empty handed and ready to have a good time. We will take care of the rest!