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Since 2003, my husband, Chris, and I have been on a mission to attend a home game at every NCAA FBS football school in America. You can read about the ins and outs of our mission here. In 2015, we went to the University of Missouri, our 45th school, over Labor Day Weekend. We decided to take advantage of the long weekend by also catching a Kansas City Royals baseball while we were there. Our son, Boston, likes the Royals, so we thought, “why not?” For each school, I write a trip report detailing all the things we did and thought about the trip. This is our Missouri trip report.
We left home at about 4:30 Friday afternoon and started the drive to Kansas City. We did not get off to a good start. Because I forgot my cell phone, we had to circle the block and go back to the house to get it. Once we got going, traffic was a nightmare due to multiple traffic jams. For dinner, we went through a Whataburger driver-thru in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This also took forever! We lost an hour and a half due to food and traffic! Errg! We finally arrived at the Hyatt Place in Kansas City at about 2 am. We were so tired! It was quickly off to bed for all of us after checking in.
Traveling to the Game
I had set the alarm for Saturday morning for 8:30, but I was wide awake at 7:30! Hate when that happens! This did allow us to get a head start on our day though. We left the hotel at about 9:30 and headed to Columbia, Missouri for the football game. We stopped for breakfast at a Chik-fil-a. It was like a maze getting into the parking lot. Once we found our way to the drive-thru lane, it was slow! So far, there has been nothing fast about the fast food we’ve had on this trip!
We drove past Worlds of Fun amusement park and the Royals’ stadium on our way to Columbia. That was a nice little tease of Sunday’s game. Boston was very excited to see where the Royals play. We then, of course, got stuck in another traffic jam! This one was out in the middle of nowhere, about 45 minutes from Columbia. It was due to construction. I guess “slow but steady” would be the theme of the trip!
On Campus & The Game
Once we arrived in Columbia, we quickly found campus. It was a crazy sight to see! People were tailgating everywhere, including along the side of the road. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen so many tailgates in so many different places! We drove past one parking garage that was close to the stadium and charging $25. We drove another 2 blocks down the same street and found a garage with free parking! We’ll take it! I love getting free parking on game days.
The first order of business for us once we were on campus was a stop in the bookstore. On our way to the bookstore, we came upon Tiger Plaza. So, we stopped for our landmark picture. It was a great spot because it had Jesse Hall, the administration building in the background. This is a very pretty area. Once inside the Student Union, we found an atm machine and the bookstore.
We also found Mort’s, a counter service restaurant themed around the Beetle Bailey cartoon strip and named after the creator of the strip, who is a Missouri alumnus. Boston took his picture with a life size Beetle Bailey character. After leaving the bookstore, we found the Beetle Bailey statue that is tucked away in a little corner of campus. We took a picture there too.
After dropping our purchases in the car, we changed into Missouri shirts so we would blend in a little better. We then walked to Eckles Hall for some Mizzou ice cream. I love trying the ice cream made at the various universities. However, Eckles Hall was closed! Boo! After we struck out with the ice cream, we headed to the stadium. It was so hot outside! Once inside the stadium, we immediately stopped for water. I saw they had a cooler full of Mizzou ice cream. When I asked for one, the girl said they weren’t selling it today! How do you not sell ice cream at the hottest game of the year?!?!?! And it’s the season opener! Big miss Missouri!!
Our seats were in the endzone. We did have a decent view and were mostly in the shade. The Missouri band had a huge drum named Big Mo, which Boston loved. The pregame atmosphere was exciting. You couldn’t tell by the hype that they were playing a lesser opponent. The final score of the game was Missouri 34-Southeast Missouri 3. After we left the stadium, we walked back through campus to take our sign picture.
After getting our final picture, we left campus and went to an nearby area to get some food. However, every place we found was small and crowded. None of us were in the mood for that! So, we ended up eating at a Cheddar’s on the edge of town. We didn’t want to eat at a chain restaurant, but we were tired and hungry. Luckily, we were able to catch the start of the Notre Dame/Texas game on TV while we ate. We then made the 2 hour trip back to Kansas City. Once at the hotel, we watched the end of the ND game before heading to bed.
Because this was Labor Day weekend, we had an extra day to spend in Kansas City. So, we decided to spend the day at a Royals baseball game. We had breakfast at the hotel before heading to the game. Boston had recently became a Royals fan and was very excited about going to the game! We arrived at the Royals stadium at about 11 am. We couldn’t believe how many people were already there! It was nuts!
We endured another hot and crowded day. The game was sold out and the only tickets we could get were Standing Room Only. We thought we would be able to find a seat once the game started. However, we were wrong! Every seat in the place was full! Tip: If you plan to go to an out of town game, get your tickets early!
This was Kids’ Day at the ball park, so they had lots of activities to entertain kids. This was great for us because Boston was not interested in standing in the heat to watch the game. Chris did watch a little bit of it. Boston, however, did more playing than watching. He rode the carousel, played miniature golf, met the Royals’ mascot, and played ball on the wiffle ball field. Lunch at the ball park was ice cream for me and Boston and beer for Chris.
We left in the 4th inning and found some air conditioning and real food at th e75th Street Brewery. It was nice and quiet inside. It really hit the spot! The food was very good. Afterwards, we stopped at a few stores on our way back to the hotel. We had a quiet and cool night in the room relaxing.
On Monday morning, we woke up to a thunderstorm. We left the hotel and were on the way home by 8:00 am. We stopped at a travel plaza in Kansas for gas, postcards, and a McDonald’s breakfast. Then it was a full day of driving. We met my mom at a gas station in Ardmore, Oklahoma to pick up a trombone she had bought for Boston. Boston was so happy with the trombone that he decided to play it right there in the parking lot! We finally arrived at home at about 5:30 pm.
This was a fun weekend. I was glad we included the baseball game into our trip. But, Chris and I both grew tired of the hot weather, crowds, and logistical difficulties that we had. We had a hard time getting to everything in Kansas City and Columbia. It seemed to take twice as long as it should to move from place to place. Everywhere we went seemed to involve weird intersections or mazelike entrances. Even with all that, it’s always nice to have a long travel weekend where we can squeeze in an extra game. We were impressed with the overall atmosphere at Missouri. We all enjoyed the Royals game and all they offered during their Kids’ Day promotion. All in all, it was a great trip.