An Experience Like No Other



Delaney Hart takes a picture with her coach that she ran into at the Mizzou game.

Delaney Hart, Senior Editor

How many people have been to school sports games? A lot, but nothing is the same as a Mizzou football game.

Saturday, November 20, I got to experience my first Mizzou football game. It was amazing. It is more than just a football game, and that is very clear as soon as you get into the town of Columbia, Missouri.

Mizzou football games are obviously a time for school spirit, spending time with friends and family, a social event, and can even be a fashion event.

I don’t think I can describe the feeling, but I will try my best. It is mind boggling seeing so many people together at one time and everyone being so nice to each other. The football games are times people spend with their friends and family. I found this out very quickly. I was lucky enough to get invited by a friend and her family. The more time I spent with them, the more I realized this is a time they get to see each other before holidays, and it is almost a family tradition for them. And that wasn’t just the case for this family, I saw so many big families together in the stands.

The school spirit is unreal. I think Hancock is really good at showing school spirit, but this is a whole different level. At a high school game you will see people in their regular clothes, and not in school spirit. But in Columbia, I didn’t see one person not in Mizzou gear, unless they were in the other team’s gear. But every single person had school spirit. It was crazy.

Mizzou games are also a big social event, you see people posting it on social media, showing people how much fun they are having. You see people talking to people they have not seen in a long time. I was one of those people that made this game into a social event. I ran into an old coach, talked to new people and made new friends. I really think that is a big part of the game, just coming together and meeting new people.

Tailgating is also a really big thing, people don’t even go into the game. People will open the tailgate of their trucks, make food, have yard games, and spend time with friends outside the stadium.

I also think for girls and even guys it becomes a fashion event. Everywhere you look you see people in cool outfits. I saw people in these cool overalls and face paint. You see girls that dress to the T, and have amazing outfits that they really only buy for the game. So the game almost becomes a fashion show as well.

Overall I think people just need to go to Mizzou football games to really experience this amazing time. You don’t have to be into football to have a good time. I like football, and I pretty much understand it but I couldn’t name a position if my life depended on it. But I think this was the most fun I have had in such a long time. So all in all I think everyone should go buy a ticket to a game and take a small two hour road trip to experience the most fun football game you will ever go to.