This panorama of Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, taken by James Blakeway, captures the Missouri Tigers football team in action. Nicknamed "The Zou", this horseshoe-shaped stadium opened in 1926 at a cost of $350,000 and now seats 68,349 fans. In 1972, Faurot Field was named in honor of the legendary Mizzou football coach Don Faurot. A giant letter "M" made of whitewashed rocks carved by freshman in 1927 marks the north endzone, giving the stadium one of the most unique landmarks in the country. The University, part of the Big 12 Conference and founded in 1839 in Columbia, Missouri, was the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Today, enrollment tops 28,400.