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No tailgating at Tiger Lane: University of Memphis issues health directives for season home opener

Social distancing, limited parking access, and no tailgating are some of the directives in place.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — In order to adhere to health directives, the University of Memphis football home opener on Sept. 5 against Arkansas State will have several health and safety directives in place. 

“Naturally we would all love to be able to get ready and go tailgate but having come off of a year we went to the Cotton Bowl and this team looking like it’s going to be the best one yet,” said Harold Byrd, season ticket holder and a member of the University of Memphis Booster Club.  

Harold Byrd is a season ticket holder.   

“As of right now it looks like if they choose to use 12-foot social distancing that possibly that only maybe around 4,500 to 5,000 people will be able to get into the stadium...if they reduce that to 6 then we would have somewhere around 14,000 people or so to be able to see the tigers in person,” Byrd said.

Memphis is moving to a digital ticketing platform for the 2020 season. This change will allow for a touch-less experience while entering the game. Specific details, including how-to videos and instructions will be sent to fans who will have access to attending the game. Exact seat locations will also be delivered at that time.

Parking access will be limited to those attending games and tailgating is not permitted in any parking lot, including Tiger Lane. Parking instructions will be delivered as part of the digital ticket communication, and parking will only open two hours prior to kickoff.

Although it’s not a traditional process Tigers fans are used to, Byrd says safety is first.  

“The major thing is the health....we have to protect our young athletes and they in turn, they have mommas and daddies and grandparents at home and little brothers and sisters, we want everybody to be healthy that’s the number one thing,” Byrd said.  

For season ticket holders who have not yet made their selection in both the 6-foot and 12-foot social distancing scenarios, please visit www.KeepMemphisRoaring.com and click on the link to the online selection form. Fans who do not make a selection by the Aug. 19 deadline will be automatically enrolled in the "opt-in" to socially distanced seats in the 6-feet scenario and in the "donate" option in the 12-feet scenario. Please join three out of four Tiger Fans that have decided to opt-in to #KeepMemphisRoaring! 

Story Links MEMPHIS - In order to adhere to health directives, the University of Memphis football home opener on Sept. 5 against Arkansas State will have several health and safety directives in place. Memphis is moving to a digital ticketing platform for the 2020 season.
MEMPHIS - Following the announcement by the American Athletic Conference relative to the 2020 football schedule and socially distanced seating requirements, University of Memphis Athletics has announced the Keep Memphis Roaring campaign. While we have been focused on the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, we have also been planning for the day we can safely return to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for competition.