Although they do have a national championship from 1954 — a team on which future basketball coach Norm Stewart played — Missouri has never been known as much of a baseball school. Especially as compared to some of their SEC brethren. But with a new coach in Steve Bieser, it looks as though the Mizzou baseball program is looking to take that next step, not just with its play, but with it’s stadium. On Wednesday night, Mizzou announced the first of those next steps: a new premium seating area that will sell alcohol to customers called Left Field Lounge:
Coming to Mizzou baseball this year: Beer. pic.twitter.com/DvCHtlarug
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) January 12, 2017
Those of you familiar with college baseball, and especially SEC baseball, will recognize that Left Field Lounge moniker because it’s what Mississippi State baseball has long called their tailgating area at Polk-DeMent Stadium. It’s an area so well-known that it has it’s own Wikipedia entry.
Obviously, Missouri’s new expansion is a direct reference to the one at Mississippi State, though it does seem strange that the school would use the exact same title. However, if it brings fans out to Taylor Stadium to watch the Tigers, it almost doesn’t matter what they call it, as that’s what’s more important to new athletic director Jim Sterk and the Mizzou athletic department anyways.