Could Mizzou and Illinois play games at Busch Stadium and Wrigley Field?
Mizzou and Illinois play each other in basketball every year in what’s known as the “Braggin’ Rights Rivalry,” but the two football teams haven’t played since 2010.
The rivalry is set to be renewed from 2026 to 2029, but instead of playing in St. Louis, the plan right now is for the two teams to play on their respective campuses.
According to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, though, the Illini have shown interest in playing a game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Matter speculated in a recent Mizzou chat on STLToday.com that there’s still time for something to be set up where one game is played at Mizzou, one at Illinois, one at Wrigley Field and one at St. Louis’s Busch Stadium:
I’ve reported in the past that Illinois was interested in a game at Wrigley but that wasn’t something that Mizzou favored. The teams are scheduled to play four games from 2026-29 on their respective campuses, but the schools have had discussions with St. Louis about playing some of the games there, possibly at Busch Stadium. Those games are far off enough that the schools and the city and the Cardinals have plenty of time to hammer out a deal.
Obviously, St. Louis is a preferred destination for Mizzou over Chicago, but the mini-Stadium Series could be a lot of fun for fans of both teams.
Again, there are still eight years before the renewal of the series, so it’ll be interesting to see what sort of deals the two schools hammer out until then.