MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Hundreds lined up at Tiger Lane Friday for the University of Memphis Homecoming celebration.
The Tigers face off against Southern Methodist University in the nationally televised game Saturday.
This year’s homecoming parade and pep rally welcomed fans and alumni to Liberty Stadium ahead of a sold-out game. It’s giving longtime fans a reason to celebrate.
Fans gathered to cheer on the University of Memphis band, cheerleaders and parade floats. The confidence of a win against SMU is high.
“Oh, we’re going to beat SMU. It’s going to happen,” said Miss University of Memphis finalist Corinne Baldwin.
This year’s game is attracting national attention with ESPN’s College GameDay, set to air in the Bluff City.
“Right!” exclaimed Baldwin. “College GameDay is here which is crazy. I know they’re going to be downtown at like 5:00 a.m.”
All the spirit is just an added bonus for longtime tiger fans like Gerald May, who has been a supporter through the ups and downs of past seasons.
“It dawned on me, Christmas has come early for us Memphis fans,” shared May. “That’s the best way to describe this weekend.”
May has been tailgating for the last seven years and says the game will have him on the edge of his seat.
“Fast and furious and don’t change the channel because you’re liable to miss something.”
Everyone who snagged seats before they were gone won’t miss a fumble or touchdown.
“A sell-out stadium; you can’t get much better than that,” said fan Kieth Renard.
Parking lots near the Liberty Bowl opens at noon Saturday and the stadium will be enforcing its clear bag policy.