COPY-Missouri merchants look to enliven fall Saturdays

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's looming move to the Southeastern Conference has some Columbia business leaders looking to enliven the game-day experience for visiting football fans.

The Columbia Daily Tribune ( ) reports that former state economic development director Greg Steinhoff is helping lead an effort to create a "Tiger Town" fan zone to boost downtown businesses.

Missouri plans to leave the Big 12 Conference for the SEC later this year. The football Tigers are scheduled to host Georgia, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Kentucky at Memorial Stadium this fall.

Steinhoff and two other prominent Columbia business leaders planned to share their ideas Tuesday afternoon with members of the city's Downtown Community Improvement District.

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