Columbia Resident to Finalize Tiger Town Plan
COLUMBIA - Columbia resident Andrew Ouart, 32, told KOMU 8 News this weekend he will meet with city officials Monday to finalize the proposed Tiger Town plan. Tiger Town would be a tailgating zone in downtown Columbia that would include drinks and live music before home football games. Ouart said he will finalize a location for the tailgating area and secure a liquor license at the meeting Monday. If all goes as planned, Ouart says Tiger Town could be a reality in time for the Oct. 6 Vanderbilt game.
Ouart had publicly volunteered to fund Tiger Town at a Sept. 4 council meeting. The City Council did not comment on Ouart's plan after he spoke about it at the meeting. However, the council has been welcoming of the idea, Ouart said.
Ouart's offer comes after the original Tiger Town organizers nixed the plan on Aug. 1 due to a lack of financial support. They had been working on the plan since early January.
Ouart said he would invest about $50,000 on each tailgate and would charge about $15 for admission into the area. He predicts Tiger Town would attract about 30,000 people each home game weekend.