Braggin' Rights 2020: Location determined for rivalry clash between Illinois and Missouri
The coin has spoken.
And with that, Missouri will play host to the annual “Braggin’ Rights” game between Illinois and Missouri on Dec.12. The decision for the hosting location was made via a coinflip special hosted by Andy Katz:
The two programs have previously agreed to play on campus at either State Farm Center in Champaign or Mizzou Arena, with television designations and tipoff times to be decided at a later date. Additionally, no fans will be permitted to attend the game.
“The Braggin’ Rights game is special,” according to Josh Whitman, Illinois Athletic Director. “It is important to our teams, our Universities, and our fans. It also means a great deal to the city of St. Louis. We enjoy a nearly 40-year partnership with our many friends in St. Louis and the Enterprise Center; unfortunately, complications in the current climate are too many to hold this year’s game there.
“We look forward to returning the Braggin’ Rights game to Enterprise Center in the coming years but are excited to bring the 2020 edition of this series on campus. In a time when so many difficult scheduling decisions are being made, we worked diligently with our friends at the University of Missouri to ensure this great rivalry game will continue. Our calendars are all marked for December 12.”
The 2020 Braggin’ Rights game will mark the first time the game has not been played in St. Louis since 1979, with the Illini leading the 50-game series 32-18 – Mizzou has won the last two meetings. Aside from a lone matchup in Kansas City in 1946, five games each have been played in Champaign and Columbia over the series.
The plan moving ahead, following the 2020 Braggin’ Rights edition, is to hold the event at the Enterprise Center in 2021, and beyond.