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Imagine a 10,000-person tailgating experience. Live entertainment, shuttles to the game and a $15 flat fee (read: all-you-can-drink) with a $3 top shelf option. If that doesn’t have you campaigning to bring Tiger Town to Mizzou this fall, I don’t know what will.
This pre-game idea was brought before city council this week by one Andrew Ouart, a Columbia resident since December and a University of Mississippi alum. Whereas the Tiger Town discussed earlier this year was a block party downtown with rumors of waived open container laws, Ouart is proposing a massive tent at a to-be-determined location. The previous idea was cancelled earlier this year due to insufficient funding, but Ouart is offering to finance the festivities. He cites a background in entertainment, sports and event marketing, which sounds pretty appropriate.
Ouart’s proposal (which you can read in an e-mail he wrote the city council earlier this week), forecasts party conditions Friday night and all day Saturday.
“A game doesn’t last four quarters,” Ouart says. “It lasts all weekend.”
As of the city council meeting Tuesday night, no location had been finalized, and it doesn’t look like Tiger Town will be around in time for the Georgia game this weekend. Ouart has spoken with Mayor Bob McDavid and the alcohol division, though, and has high hopes that Tiger Town will be ready in time for the Arizona State or Vanderbilt games.
Ouart, who grew up in SEC country, says Tiger Town will benefit Columbia and bring more money to the community. It will also “put Columbia on the map among the thousands of traveling SEC fans,” according to his e-mail.
Ouart says he saw “SEC-level playing” from the Tigers against Southeast Louisiana. Maybe with his Tiger Town around, we can prove to visiting rivals that Columbia throws an SEC-level party, too.
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