University of Missouri Student, Alumni and Fans Celebrates 100 Years of Homecoming Tradition


Columbia, MO – October 12, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — University of Missouri alumni, students and the whole community will celebrate 100 years of Homecoming tradition, bonding the past with present in a significant celebration of school spirit, years of service and the community. This tradition began in the year 1911 when Chester Brewer, Athletic Director, made a request to the university’s alumni to “come home” for the yearly football game versus University of Kansas. 100 years after, University of Missouri Homecoming Event has become a trademark tradition for the community.

For this year, the university’s homecoming event had started since October 1 wherein over 325 University of Missouri students and 19 regional MAA chapters attended the homecoming event. For the duration of 4-day Mizzou Blood Drive that occurred last week, University of Missouri students had sets the record with 4,839 units of blood collected. MAA expects this number to increase more than 5,000 after the satellite site total have been collected. In addition, MAA has already collected 47, 786 meals or 63,335 food for the local food bank.

The Homecoming’s weekend starts on Friday, October 14 as the MAA opens their Homecoming Headquarters at the outside of Reynolds Alumni Center on the corner of Conley Avenue and Tiger Avenue on the university’s campus. Visitors can get information, purchase homecoming products, meet with other alumni & friends and take campus tours by the University of Missouri’s Tour Team in the homecoming headquarters.

Starting at 6:00 pm Friday, University of Missouri’s sorority and fraternity members will beautify Greek Town to participate to the university’s decoration. Thousands of alumni and students will assemble at Greek Town to see skits put on by the sororities and fraternities. By 7:30 pm, a sprit rally will be performed at the corner of Burnam and Richmond with appearances from University of Missouri’s Spirit Squads and Marching Mizzou.

Homecoming traditions starts Saturday at 8:30 am when the 100 year old Homecoming Parade starts on the campus and through Columbia’s downtown. It will feature Marching Mizzou, selected high school marching bands, and University of Missouri’s student organizations & community members designed floats. The parade will be headed by the family of Chester Brewer, the Father of Homecoming, who will be honored as the Homecoming Grand Marshal. For the parade’s route and video coverage, visit Right after the parade, thousands of University of Missouri alumni and students will get together at Tiger Plaza for the Romp, Chomp, and Stomp tailgate. Tickets only cost $10 for adults and free admission for children under 10 years old. This program will run from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm.

Homecoming traditions will finish at 1:00 pm for the Tiger football game versus Iowa State. At halftime, this game will feature a special participation from the Marching Mizzou alumni band and the 2011 Homecoming Court.

For the complete list of homecoming programs, visit or contact Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217,

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