Congratulations to MSHSAA Basketball!

We want to send our sincerest congratulations to the participants and champions from these past two weekend’s MSHSAA Basketball Championships. The hard work you put in during the season and throughout was on display the entire event.

We also hope you enjoyed your time here in Columbia. There’s always something going on, somewhere to visit and plenty of activities to participate in. Please come visit us again throughout the year to experience our destination.

In Your Spare Time

We know your wrestling weekend is full of competition, cheering and (hopefully) some rest. But if you do manage to find some spare time, exploring Columbia for just a short while can open you up to a whole new set of possibilities.

Have an hour?

-Take a walk through the Mizzou campus. The entire campus is designated a botanic garden and the architecture of buildings new and old makes it one of the most picturesque places in the state. If you have time, stop into the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Pickard Hall on the Quad.

-If the weather is nice, take a quick drive down to Bethel Park. With play areas, walking paths, shelters, a fishing pond and plenty of open space, Bethel is a nice retreat from all the wrestling action.

Have a little longer?

-Explore The District, Columbia’s vibrant downtown area. Art galleries, boutiques, local restaurants, coffee shops and more all welcome you in to get a distinct taste of Columbia.

-Take in a movie. We have three theaters: the Forum 8, the Stadium 14 and Ragtag Cinemacafe, all of which have movies running all day.

-The Columbia Mall is located on the west side of town just off Interstate 70. The mall is anchored by Target, JC Penney, Sears and Dillards with dozens of other stores throughout the wings. There’s also a Kidz Court and Carousel in the Cafe Court wing for little ones to play.

-Lazer Lanes in south Columbia has it all! Bowling, lazer tag and arcade are all housed in this huge facility. No matter how long you stay, you won’t run out of things to do!

Stay in the know during MSHSAA Basketball

The weekends of the MSHSAA Basketball Championships are so full of action, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of everything! Here are a few helpful links to keep you up-to-date throughout the event:

-MSHSAA Show Me Showdown Information Central

-The Convention and Visitors Bureau 

-Weather in Columbia

-The District (Columbia’s downtown area)

These sources can help keep you in the know during your time in Columbia. You can also call the Convention and Visitors Bureau during regular business hours at 573.875.1231. We’re thrilled to have you here and hope you have an outstanding time!

Dine Out in Columbia!

Basketball weekends can often be a rush, with meals a blur of quickly procured drive-thru burgers and concession stand hot dogs. Not that those things aren’t delicious, but if you have a just a little extra time maybe give one of these Columbia favorites a try!

-Shakespeare’s Pizza:

Shakespeare’s has three locations, but the original is downtown on 9th Street. Just a few minutes from Mizzou Arena, Shakespeare’s is a local legend when it comes to pizza. With the perfect hand-tossed crust, fresh toppings and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, this is a great spot to get a true taste of Columbia.

-Lutz’s BBQ:

A favorite for years in Jefferson City, Lutz’s BBQ now has a Columbia location! Pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, fantastic sides and homemade chips are all popular choices on their extensive menu.

-The Heidelberg:

Popular with students and citizens alike, ‘The Berg’ has your traditional bar and grill fare with a few fun twists. Try Marty’s Wings, which are deep fried and coated in spices, or the pork tenderloin sandwich, which is always a popular choice. You can also catch the game on one of the many televisions throughout the dining and bar area.

-Sub Shop:

One of Columbia’s favorite sandwich stops, the Sub Shop has four locations and serves up hot, delicious sandwiches. Want our advice? Get the vegetarian on wheat…with bacon. Hint: they also deliver!

-The Rome:

Located in downtown Columbia, The Rome carries on an Italian family tradition. For larger groups, you can even order your meal to be served family style…perfect for those hungry high school athletes!

Congratulations to MSHSAA Wrestling!

We want to send our sincerest congratulations to the participants and champions from this past weekend’s MSHSAA Wrestling Championships. The hard work you put in during the season and throughout was on display the entire event.

We also hope you enjoyed your time here in Columbia. There’s always something going on, somewhere to visit and plenty of activities to participate in. Please come visit us again throughout the year to experience our destination.

Come back to this blog again at the beginning of March and we’ll start welcoming those who will be heading to Columbia for the MSHSAA Basketball Championships. See you then!

 

 

Getting Information During MSHSAA Wrestling

The weekend of the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships is so full of action, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of everything! Here are a few helpful links to keep you up-to-date throughout the event:

-MSHSAA Wrestling Championships Information Central

 

-The Convention and Visitors Bureau 

 

-Weather in Columbia

 

-The District (Columbia’s downtown area)

 

These sources can help keep you in the know during your time in Columbia. You can also call the Convention and Visitors Bureau during regular business hours at 573.875.1231. We’re thrilled to have you here and hope you have an outstanding time!

In Your Spare Time

We know your wrestling weekend is full of competition, cheering and (hopefully) some rest. But if you do manage to find some spare time, exploring Columbia for just a short while can open you up to a whole new set of possibilities.

Have an hour?

-Take a walk through the Mizzou campus. The entire campus is designated a botanic garden and the architecture of buildings new and old makes it one of the most picturesque places in the state. If you have time, stop into the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Pickard Hall on the Quad.

-If the weather is nice, take a quick drive down to Bethel Park. With play areas, walking paths, shelters, a fishing pond and plenty of open space, Bethel is a nice retreat from all the wrestling action.

Have a little longer?

-Explore The District, Columbia’s vibrant downtown area. Art galleries, boutiques, local restaurants, coffee shops and more all welcome you in to get a distinct taste of Columbia.

-Take in a movie. We have three theaters: the Forum 8, the Stadium 14 and Ragtag Cinemacafe, all of which have movies running all day.

-The Columbia Mall is located on the west side of town just off Interstate 70. The mall is anchored by Target, JC Penney, Sears and Dillards with dozens of other stores throughout the wings. There’s also a Kidz Court and Carousel in the Cafe Court wing for little ones to play.

-Lazer Lanes in south Columbia has it all! Bowling, lazer tag and arcade are all housed in this huge facility. No matter how long you stay, you won’t run out of things to do!

Grabbing a Bite during MSHSAA Wrestling

Wrestling weekend can often be a rush, with meals a blur of quickly procured drive-thru burgers and concession stand hot dogs. Not that those things aren’t delicious, but if you have a just a little extra time maybe give one of these Columbia favorites a try!

-Shakespeare’s Pizza:

Shakespeare’s has three locations, but the original is downtown on 9th Street. Just a few minutes from Mizzou Arena, Shakespeare’s is a local legend when it comes to pizza. With the perfect hand-tossed crust, fresh toppings and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, this is a great spot to get a true taste of Columbia.

-Lutz’s BBQ:

A favorite for years in Jefferson City, Lutz’s BBQ now has a Columbia location! Pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, fantastic sides and homemade chips are all popular choices on their extensive menu.

-The Heidelberg:

Popular with students and citizens alike, ‘The Berg’ has your traditional bar and grill fare with a few fun twists. Try Marty’s Wings, which are deep fried and coated in spices, or the pork tenderloin sandwich, which is always a popular choice. You can also catch the game on one of the many televisions throughout the dining and bar area.

-Sub Shop:

One of Columbia’s favorite sandwich stops, the Sub Shop has four locations and serves up hot, delicious sandwiches. Want our advice? Get the vegetarian on wheat…with bacon. Hint: they also deliver!

-The Rome:

Located in downtown Columbia, The Rome carries on an Italian family tradition. For larger groups, you can even order your meal to be served family style…perfect for those hungry high school athletes!

Events During MSHSAA Wrestling

Headed to Columbia to cheer on your favorite school or wrestler? Welcome!

When you’re not at Mizzou Arena, Columbia has plenty going on to fill your time. Check out these events also going on this weekend:

Blackberry Smoke at The Blue Note
17 N. 9th Street • 573-874-1944
(02.14.13)   The Blue Note Presents: Blackberry Smoke featuring Drake White. Mixing elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and more than a touch of outlaw country, Blackberry Smoke has earned a passionate fanbase that continues to grow as the band itself evolves. The band is as blue collar as the bandanas its members wear. he members of Southern Rock quintet Blackberry Smoke are no strangers to hard work. Playing up to 250 dates each year, the guys are on the road more often than not, and they’ve seen tangible results of their labor. The band has toured with and befriended idols such as The Marshall Tucker Band, ZZ Top (with Billy Gibbons jamming with the band on a Florida stop), Lynyrd Skynyrd and George Jones. The band was even asked to play for Jones on his 80th birthday, not long after the country legend turned in a guest appearance on the band’s sophomore album. They’ve toured Europe thrice over, and had their songs featured in video games (EA Sports’ NASCAR 08) and films (Swing Vote), as well. MINORS: $2 cash surcharge at the door for anyone under the age of 21.
The Best of Broadway
203 South 9th Street  573-882-3781
(02.14.13)   Bring your sweetheart to the beautiful and romantic Missouri Theatre this Valentines Day and celebrate the “Best of Broadway”!Come hear talented young singers, along with a 16 piece orchestra performing selections form Evita, Phantom of the Opera, RENT, Les Miserables, Sweeny Todd, and more!

Make a special night out mean even more! Proceeds from this concert go to benefit the Children’s Hospital at the University of Missouri.

Presented by the Youngstar Foundation

Grateful Dead Tribute: The Schwag at The Blue Note
17 N. 9th Street  573-874-1944
(02.15.13)   The Blue Note Presents Grateful Dead Tribute: The Schwag. The Schwag is a band dedicated to carrying on the music and the vibe of the legendary Grateful Dead. Several Schwag members have extensive jazz training, and the band’s live performances emphasize improvisation and spontaneity. Like the Dead, The Schwag operates without set lists. Its only rules are to avoid repeating songs from recent shows and to give high-energy performances that encourage dancing and good vibes. The Schwag is an established group that has attracted some prominent members of the jam-band community to sit in on their sets, including Merl Saunders, the late Johnny Johnson, Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers, Mike Gordon of Phish, Fred Tackett of Little Feat, Vince Herman and Drew Emmit of Leftover Salmon; Bill Nershi, Michael Kang, Michael Travis, and Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident; Melvin Seals of JGB, Scott Law, Pete Sears, Chuck Berry, the late Vince Welnick, and many other great players. MINORS: $2 cash surcharge at the door for anyone under the age of 21.
15th Annual Automotive Swap Meet
5212 North Oakland Gravel Road  • 573-489-4762
(02.15.13 7:00 am thru 02.16.13 4:00 pm)   Large, indoor/outdoor, auto parts swap meet.
Mojos Presents Steddy P + Farout + Blake Gardner
1013 Park Ave • 573-875-0588
(02.15.13)   Mojos Presents Steddy P + Farout + Blake Gardner.
Steddy P is not your average rapper, and he’ll be the first to admit these are not average times, so he writes an array of songs depicting his life as best he can, simply honest. Steddy P has also become involved in video editing and graphic design, so now his platform for expression is much bigger than it’s ever been entering a new decade and the most important time, now. See website for more details on the artists.
Shrek, The Musical
Jesse Auditorium • 573-882-3781
(02.15.13 7:00pm thru 02.15.13 9:00pm)   
University of Missouri Campus“Shrek the Musical”, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage.In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with and attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

The Tempest
100 Willis Ave. • (573) 876-7199
(02.08.13, 02.09.13, 02.10.13, 02.15.13, 02.16.13)   This timeless tale has it all—adventure, mystery, romance, comedy and a bit of magic. Shakespeare’s The Tempest, one of his final works, has influenced artists and storytellers for centuries. With a non-gender specific cast, come join Prospera as she conquers all types of demons following a chaotic shipwreck and embarks on a journey for justice, freedom and forgiveness. [PG]

Welcome MSHSAA Athletes, Family and Fans!

Greetings to athletes, friends, family and fans who will be visiting Columbia during the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) championships over the next few months!

We know you’ll be spending a lot of time over at Mizzou Sports Park, but we want to be sure your entire visit to our city is a success. With that in mind, we’ve created this site to help make your trip memorable and exciting on the court and off. We’ll let you know where to eat, what to do during your spare time and how to stay updated on MSHSAA news. Columbia has so much to offer both during championship weekends and throughout the year!

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First up on the MSHSAA slate is Wrestling, with matches heating up on February 14th and concluding on the 16th at Mizzou Arena. Team and individual competitions will make for nonstop excitement over three days. We’re looking so forward to having you here.

Stay tuned to this spot to stay up-to-date on what you can do doing your time here. You can also always connect with us on Facebook and Twitter or learn more on our website.

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