By: Eric SanInocencio
SEC Digital Network
Birmingham, Ala./Columbia, Missouri -- Now that the University of Missouri has officially joined the Southeastern Conference, let's give SEC fans a photo tour of the campus of the league's newest member. Below you will find pictures from Missouri's campus in Columbia. (Photos And Some Descriptions Courtesy Of The University Of Missouri Website)
An Overhead Look
This first picture is an overhead look at Missouri's campus. The campus is located in Columbia, Missouri.
The Famous Columns
The traditional symbol of the University of Missouri is the row of six Ionic columns. The Columns once supported the portico of Academic Hall, the first building erected on campus. On Jan. 9, 1892, Academic Hall was destroyed by fire and the Columns were all that remained. In August 1893 the Board of Curators voted to remove the Columns, considering them not only unsafe but unsightly. However, supporters of the Columns rallied to their defense, and after inspection showed the foundations were safe, the Board voted to retain them in December 1893. Now the Columns stand as a beloved part of MU's campus.
Here's a look at the main square on a Missouri game day, complete with fans packing in the area as they prepare for an upcoming contest.
ESPN's Gameday In Columbia
The popular ESPN show "College Gameday" has made a trip to Columbia in the past. Here's a photo from the set on campus before a big matchup with Oklahoma.
That main square in Missouri is also host to graduation ceremonies. Here's how the area is dressed for academic events.
Game Night In Columbia
Here's another great overhead shot, this time of Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium for a night game. The venue sits more than 70,000 people.
Life On Campus
Here's a look at one area of campus that clearly lets you know where you are.
The Athletic Training Complex
This is a photo of Missouri's athletic training complex, where the university's sports team prepare for their upcoming seasons.
On September 21, 2002, a new and exciting phase for Missouri Basketball began with the groundbreaking for a brand new, $75 million state-of-the-art facility. Home to men's and women's basketball, Mizzou Arena provides unbelievable options for the Tigers when it comes to player development.
Missouri Football Practice Center
The Daniel J. Devine Indoor Practice Facility, named for Hall of Fame Coach Dan Devine, is one of the finest indoor practice facilities in the nation. The $12 million project was completed in the summer of 1998 and serves as the site of the Missouri Tigers' off-season conditioning workouts. In addition, the Tigers can avoid inclement weather and conduct a full-scale practice on the 90-yard artificial surface inside the facility.
The Mizzou Aquatics Center
The 2005-06 season marked the beginning of a new era in Mizzou swimming and diving history, as the Tigers moved into the Mizzou Aquatics Center. The competition area features a 50-meter by 25-yard competitive pool that is kept between 78 and 80 degrees at all times and took over one million gallons of water to fill. The pool has a top depth of eight feet, six inches, but can be reduced to any desired level thanks to a hydraulic moveable floor, and is equipped with six-inch Competitor Gold Medal racing lines and KDI Paragon starting blocks. The facility also boasts two moveable Stark bulkheads, 18-inch flow over drop gutters and an underwater speaker system.
Two Memorable Missouri Students
The University of Missouri has a littany of famous former students and alums in many different facets of the business, sports and entertainment world. Here are two of the school's most recognizable names, former Mizzou quarterback Chase Daniel and Hollywood star Brad Pitt. Both attended the University of Missouri and are seen here moments before the start of a New Orleans Saints football game. Daniel was a member of the Saints 2008-09 Super Bowl team. Pitt has starred in blockbuster hits "Seven", "Ocean's 11" and "Moneyball" among other films.