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Black & Gold Fridays Return In 2023

Photo by: Riley Hogan

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri is back in full swing with the start of the fall 2023 semester, and it’s time for Mizzou fans across the state to show their Tiger spirit by donning black and gold each Friday, beginning Aug. 25.

These colors are part of Tigers, past, present and future, and the Mizzou community is encouraged again to “Stripe the State” with the school’s colors each week to support the Tigers competing across 20 intercollegiate sports.

It’s easy to be a part of the fun — just don your favorite black and gold attire every Friday and encourage friends, colleagues and fellow Tigers to do the same — showing support for the more than 550 MU student athletes. No matter where you live, show Mizzou pride and share the look on social media using #StripeTheState and #MIZ. (Bonus points for pets!)

Remember to break out your black and gold one day early this football season for the home opener on Thursday, Aug. 31, and again the next day, Friday, Sept. 1, for National College Colors Day.

“Black and Gold Fridays’ are an opportunity for Tiger fans to come together and show our unwavering support for Mizzou Athletics,” Director of Athletics Desireé Reed-Francois said. “Whether you’re a student, an alum, a faculty member, or a passionate fan, wearing black and gold each Friday sends a powerful message of collective pride in our state, our university and our teams.”

Athletics programs are just one of many pride points across the MU campus. From the world-renowned academic programs to cutting-edge research to the long-held homecoming traditions, there are countless attributes worthy of celebrating at Mizzou.

“As Mizzou Tigers we strive for greatness, on the field, in the classroom, and in our leading-edge research facilities,” said Mun Choi, University of Missouri president. “Wearing black and gold wherever you are is a reminder of our shared traditions, our successes, and the vision of greatness that we will achieve.”

Need to refresh your Mizzou spirit wear? No problem! The Mizzou Store, located at the MU Student Center, will offer 25% off purchases of Mizzou clothing and gifts on Black and Gold Fridays that precede home football games. For the Thursday, Aug. 31, game, the Mizzou Store’s 25% discount on Mizzou spirit wear will be Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Mizzou opens the season on Thursday, August 31, against South Dakota at Memorial Stadium. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and airs on SEC Network and the Tiger Radio Network. The SEC Nation pregame crew will be on hand to broadcast its pregame show from Faurot Field.

Season tickets for the 2023 campaign are on sale now! The Tigers’ robust home schedule features games against Kansas State, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida. 

Purchase your 2023 season tickets now by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS or buying online. Fans interested in learning more about available seats can fill out an interest form.

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This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics