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Introducing Traditions Plaza

A new campus amphitheater honors Mizzou traditions.

Just south of Jesse Hall sits the Mizzou Alumni Association’s latest contribution to the campus landscape. Traditions Plaza’s outdoor stage is designed for concerts, movies, spirit rallies, classes and informal gatherings. The sale of the plaza’s 13,348 inscribed bricks will pay for the $1.5 million construction costs, and further sales could raise about $2 million more for preserving Mizzou traditions. The plaza was dedicated Oct. 24, 2014, as part of Mizzou’s 175th anniversary.

Mizzou Traditions Plaza

Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Spirit flags (1) fly from brackets on the back wall on special occasions.

The 70-foot-wide stage includes 19 Mizzou traditions etched in granite tiles. A 100-year time capsule (2) buried at center stage contains a list of graduates’ favorite traditions.

Tiger Circle Traditions Plaza Mizzou

A plaque in Tiger Circle (3) tells the story of how Mizzou’s Truman the Tiger mascot originated.

Designers followed water-runoff codes and used water-permeable bricks (4) in key spots.

Families with multiple generations of Mizzou graduates are eligible to buy bricks in Mizzou Legacy Circle (5).

The plaza is wired for power and equipped with Ethernet ports.

Seating is ADA-accessible (6) in front of the stage, midway up the slope and in Legacy Circle. The amphitheater holds roughly 275 seats, and picnic-style seating on the grass pushes the total to about 1,000.

The story was amended to clarify the plaza’s Internet capabilities.

At least three couples got engaged on Traditions Plaza during 2014 Homecoming. Read their stories.