ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMIZ)
The Mizzou football team announced that it will play a game in downtown St. Louis for the first time since 2010 on Monday.
The Tigers will meet Memphis at The Dome at America's Center on Sept. 23, 2023. The game was originally scheduled to take place at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, but the teams decided to make a change.
Memphis Athletics put out a statement about the change on Monday.
"To be clear, we are very disappointed that this game could not be played in Memphis," Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Laird Veatch said in a press release. "However, once we were made aware that would no longer be an option, we explored every possible alternative. In the end, rescheduling the game with Missouri in St. Louis was the best remaining option for our football program. We very much look forward to competing against them next fall."
The last time MU played in St. Louis was when the group took down Illinois, 23-13, in 2010. That game was the final match up of the Arch Rivalry Series, which ran from 2002-2010.
Mizzou said that the 2023 game against Memphis will kick off a new partnership with the St. Louis Sports Commission. MU will be hosting multiple athletic events in St. Louis during the 2023-24 school year in a new series called "Mizzou to the Lou."
“The St. Louis region is a key market for us in recruiting, fan engagement and corporate support and we are looking forward to playing in The Dome next fall,” Director of Athletics Desireé Reed-Francois said in a press release. “Finding a unique way to hold events in the city has been a priority for Mizzou Athletics. This is an incredible opportunity for fans across the state as we bring Mizzou Athletics closer to St. Louis and the surrounding areas. We are grateful to the St. Louis Sports Commission for its partnership and look forward to continuing to grow and enhance the Mizzou brand statewide. We appreciate the hard work of so many people in making this series happen.”
As a part of the new partnership, the St. Louis Sports Commission said it will plan to offer student-athletes Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) opporutnities.
More details on the "Mizzou to the Lou," series will be announced at a later date.