Memphis Football Fans Anticipating Season Opener Saturday

Memphis Football Fans Anticipating Season Opener Saturday

It's never too early to start making plans for the weekend. Saturday afternoon, Memphis football supporters will be cheering on their team at the Liberty Bowl. The Tigers first game of the season is against Duke.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It's never too early to start making plans for the weekend. Saturday afternoon, Memphis football supporters will be cheering on their team at the Liberty Bowl. The Tigers first game of the season is against Duke.

Memphis football is starting a week behind most other colleges, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Many think the wait has created extra excitement.

U of M student Jay Hartson is planning to go Saturday. "Hopefully we'll get a win," he said.

"Unfortunately I have to work," said Joshua Jacobs.

"I'm excited because I'm going to the game with a bunch of my frat buddies," said Tommy Welborn.

Most students are ready for the Tigers to take on Duke.

"They'll come out on fire and give us a good effort for the game," said Hartson. He wants fans to do the same. "They're a big part of the game."

"Memphis isn't really known for football. If its basketball everyone goes," said Welborn. "I'm hoping there's a big turnout. I'd love for that."

So would athletic director Tom Bowen. "There's a lot of anticipation," Bowen said.

He's dreaming big, hoping to pack the house. There are 61,008 seats in the stadium.

It's huge. But the school's already set a milestone in ticket sales.

"We're over 10,000 season ticket holders, which is a bench mark we'd hoped to reach last year. We're doing it this year," Bowen said.

Single game tickets are easy to find. You can pick up some on your next trip to Kroger.

"$5 tickets. They're end zone tickets," said Bowen. "It's open seating. A dollar of that goes to Feed The Needy, the Million Meals Challenge we've been a part of."

It looks like more fans plan to be a part of this season.

Natalie Terry isn't going this weekend, but she promises she'll make it to a different game.

"Zoo Rendezvous is this Saturday," she said. "Sorry guys. I'll go one of these weekends though."

Kickoff is at 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Gates at the Liberty Bowl open between 9 and 10 in the morning.
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