Sports of all kinds are a mainstay in Missouri’s lineup of “things to do.” In the fall, our minds turn to football on the college level and on the professional fields. But those aren’t the only choices. Whether you want to just watch, take part or learn about some of our great players, Missouri has something for you.
Are You Ready for Some Football?
The Kansas City Chiefs home field, Arrowhead Stadium, is one of the world's best tailgating venues; this is a hoppin’ and smokin’ and grillin’ place. Inside the stadium, you can enjoy much more than the standard hot dog and peanuts, although those are sold – how about some world famous Gates BBQ? The stadium opens three-and-a-half hours prior to kickoff. Self-guided stadium tours are available Saturdays, March thru December.
While in Kansas City, switch sports for a couple of hours and visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the famed 18th & Vine District. The Negro Leagues were established in 1920. The museum exhibits the look, sounds and feel of the game’s storied past, chronicling the history and heroes of the Negro Leagues, from their origin to the 1960s.
Across the state, the St. Louis Rams take on their opponents in the indoor comfort of the Edward Jones Dome, four blocks from the famed Gateway Arch and less than two blocks from Lumiere Place Casino and the Laclede's Landing entertainment and dining district.
All of Missouri’s colleges and universities have outstanding football programs, but the hot ticket this year is the SEC Mizzou Tigers. Gates open ninety minutes prior to game time. With 12 wins and a trip to the SEC Championship Game in 2013, plus a victory in the Cotton Bowl, Missouri proved they can play with the big boys in the SEC.
Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field in Columbia has undergone a multi-million dollar expansion, including a special “tailgating” area. This new tailgate area (accessible only to ticket holders) gives fans access to food buffets, cash bars, live music and a TV viewing area, among other amenities – it is open pre-game, at halftime and post-game for a defined period of time.
A Nice Long Bicycle Ride for Charity
If getting involved is your hot button, here is an event that is right-on. Every fall, Cape Girardeau throws a big party called the Tour de Cape Charity Ride. For 2014, the event takes place September 27. Routes of 15, 30, 60 and 100 miles are laid out on paved roadways, with refreshment stations along the way. All routes start at 8:30 a.m. from downtown Cape Girardeau. Proceeds support the Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship program, providing services to children with disabilities.
Meet the Great Figures of Missouri Sports
At the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield, celebrate the careers of Missouri’s giants of professional and amateur sports, such as Stan “the Man” Musial; Jefferson City High School football coach Pete Adkins; 1920s Negro League Baseball standout, James Thomas “Cool Papa” Bell; World Golf Hall of Fame member, golf legend Payne Stewart; and many other outstanding athletes. Experience the greatest moments in Missouri sports history through hands-on exhibits, films and more than 4,000 items of sports memorabilia.
Feel the speed as you race in the NASCAR simulator; hit a home run against a major league pitcher; throw the winning touchdown pass; call the action from the announcer's booth. Whether you’re a sports fanatic or just a casual fan, this is Missouri sports at their best, up close and personal. If you’re a sports fan, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is an absolute “must see,” so ... go explore it.
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