COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Plans for a Tiger Town tailgate zone to enliven football weekends as Missouri joins the SEC have some supporters of Columbia businesses crying foul.

The Columbia Daily Tribune ( ) reports that some downtown businesses opened Tuesday to find fliers taped on their windows and doors criticizing the proposed football fan zone.

Tiger Town boosters want the city to close some downtown streets, license food and beer vendors and let fans carry open containers of alcohol near the University of Missouri campus on fall weekends. The campaign comes as Missouri prepares to join the football-mad Southeastern Conference this fall.

The anonymous fliers were customized to include individual business names. They urged opponents to call Tiger Town organizer Greg Steinhoff, a Columbia resident and former head of the state economic development agency.

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  1. Bill Sappenfield says:

    This should be a University and Alumni driven project, not what seems to be self serving businesses. People do not want to walk all the way from downtown to the stadium. This should be something similar to Ole Miss’s Grove and Alabama’s tent park.

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