Missouri Tigers’ road football game in 2023 against Memphis moves upriver to St. Louis

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Missouri will meet Memphis in a football game that will be played in St. Louis next season.

Mizzou announced that the game, originally scheduled for the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, will be played at The Dome at America’s Center on Sept. 23, 2023.

The game will mark the first for Missouri in St. Louis since 2010 and is part of an effort to bring more Tigers events to the state’s largest metropolitan area during the 2023-24 school year.

The game kicks off a “Mizzou to the Lou Series,” with Missouri working with the St. Louis Sports Commission.

“The St. Louis region is a key market for us in recruiting, fan engagement and corporate support and we are looking forward to playing in The Dome next fall,” MU athletic director Desireé Reed-Francois said in a statement. “Finding a unique way to hold events in the city has been a priority for Mizzou Athletics.”

Last week, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Missouri was interested in buying out of the game when it was set in Memphis.

“To be clear, we are very disappointed that this game could not be played in Memphis,” Memphis athletic director Laird Veach said. “However, once we were made aware that would no longer be an option, we explored every possible alternative.”

Missouri is scheduled to open next season with home games against South Dakota, Middle Tennessee and Kansas State. With a home game against LSU to open SEC play, Mizzou won’t leave the state for a game at Kentucky in the sixth week.

The last time Missouri played in the state of Missouri but outside of Columbia was in 2015, when the Tigers defeated BYU at Arrowhead Stadium. The Tigers were set to move their 2020 game against Arkansas to Kansas City before the COVID-19 pandemic changed college football schedules.