Ticket sales extremely strong on first day of sales for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - First day ticket sales are extremely strong for the University of Memphis, as the Tigers gear up for their first appearance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Iowa State.  

 

When Liberty Bowl tickets went on sale Monday morning, fans wasted little time, purchasing seats online, by phone, or in person at U of M's ticket office.

 

As of 4:00 p.m., leaders at both ISU and Memphis said each university sold at least 9,000 tickets in their respective allotments.

 

"Better get your tickets now," Memphis Tigers fan and U of M alumnus Brian Smith said.

 

Smith bought two tickets Monday, as Christmas came early for the 1988 alumnus, with his alma mater playing in his home city in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for the first time.

 

"For Memphis alumni, as a Memphis fan, to be able to see a bowl game, that they are attending in their own home town, it was like, you don't see this very often, let's do it!" Smith said.

 

Smith wasn't alone in snagging his seats Monday afternoon at the school's ticket office, including some who came after other failed attempts Monday morning.

 

"Waited 30-40 minutes trying to get on the phone," Tigers fan Bill Pace said.

 

The Tigers were picked for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, a positive consolation after Memphis missed out on the Peach Bowl, following Saturday's heartbreaking double overtime loss in AAC Championship Game.

 

Sunday, organizers said they expect a sold out stadium, and said a hometown team won't cut down on the economic impact estimate of $25-$30 million the game generates for the Memphis region.

 

"Remember, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl is the biggest bowl game that the University of Memphis has participated in the history of our football program, so this is a big deal for them and it's a big deal for the city," Kevin Kane, President of the Memphis Convention & Tourist Corporation said.

 

You can watch the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Local 24 at 11:30 a.m. December 30th.

 

 


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