Team: Missouri Tigers
Location: 303 Carrie Francke Drive in Columbia, Missouri
★ History: Taylor Stadium has been the permanent home of Missouri Tigers baseball since 2002, following a generous gift from Ralph Taylor, a University of Missouri alumnus, and his wife, Debbie. Recent renovations have increased both seating and concession options for Southeastern Conference fans, who rally around Mizzou during the college baseball season. Break Time Lounge, a new addition to the stadium in 2017, sports fireplaces and cushy patio-style sofa seating for fans looking to up their game-day experience. Any ticket-holder can purchase food from Break Time Lounge, but passes are needed to access the premium lounge area.
★ Must-Try Eats: Head down the third-base line to snag a bag of Gopo popcorn, flavored and popped in Columbia. Twist open a snack-sized bag of Snapped Cheddar, made with Logboat Brewing Co.’s Snapper IPA, or the Slowburn Kettle, infused with barbecue sauce from local favorite Lutz’s BBQ. At Wednesday games, hot dogs are $1 apiece, and Tuesdays bring $2 tacos. Grab one (or three) quickly; they usually sell out early. On weekends, Break Time Lounge serves specials such as chicken teriyaki sandwiches, served with sliced pineapple, smoked ham and pepper Jack cheese on a pretzel bun, and carne asada nachos, a heaping helping of housemade chips topped with grilled beef, fire-roasted corn salsa and sour cream. A fan favorite is the Home-Run Hot Dog, topped with jalapeños, crumbled bacon and beer cheese sauce.
★ Must-Try Drinks: Break Time Lounge now offers canned beer and cocktails for purchase with a premium ticket. Choose from domestics such as Budweiser, Bud Light and Blue Moon, or opt for specialty cocktails themed around the game or an upcoming holiday. (Photo by Aaron Ottis)