MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The bags are full, the gear is stocked up, andMemphis Tigers fans are buzzing.
“It’s huge for the city. It unites the city. It’s prettycool,” Jennafer Marchetti said.
“It’s the biggest moment in the football history to me, so Imean, we are ready,” Blake Marchetti said.
Those fans and others picked up fresh gear Friday at TigerBookstore, where game day shirts were expected to sell out by late afternoon,ahead of Saturday’s AAC championship game against Cincinnati at the LibertyBowl.
“It is really exciting. It’s really great,” Glen Maclinsaid.
Friday, University of Memphis athletic leaders said about 35,00tickets were already sold.
Tigers fans are excited to get the chance to see their team win itsfirst outright conference championship in person, in a half a century.
“There are certain defining moments I think in a program’shistory and this is one of those for the University of Memphis,” Memphisdeputy athletic director Jeff Crane said.
Crane is hopeful for a last-minute ticket surge Friday and strongin-person sales Saturday, to meet the program’s unofficial attendance goal.
“When you can get 40,000 folks into that stadium, it becomeselectric,” Crane said.
If Memphis gets 40,000 fans in the stands Saturday, that will beon par with their average game attendance so this year – the highest for theprogram since 2015.