MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - The 29th annual Southern Heritage Classic football game isn't until Saturday, but the preps are already underway.
Tailgate tents are already going up on Tiger Lane and the Classic concert and other events kickoff tomorrow night, but if you're going to the big game there are some things you'll want to keep in mind.
Wednesday, Thomas Price was out checking on the tailgate spot he's had for more than 10 years.
"We got turkey legs, rib tips, bologna, smoked sausage and ribs," said Price.
That's Price's grill menu for the annual matchup between the Tigers of Jackson State University and Tennessee State University.
"I just enjoy coming out here and you're going to see any and everybody," said Price.
Local studies show the annual fall classic made a $10 million economic impact from restaurants, hotels and stores last year and has only grown since its beginnings nearly 30 years ago.
That means lots of people in Memphis for the multi-faceted event centered around the football game Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Bowl, where only small clutches and purses 5 by 7 inches, clear bags and totes 12 by 6 by 12 are allowed through the gate.
Even with the possibility of rain umbrellas are a "no."
Then there's parking that can extend at least a mile away from the Liberty Bowl. At Cooper and Central there's a new parking situation with a parking lot, which used to be Midtown Nursery. If you're coming to the Classic, you'll want to be aware of parking and traffic.
Kickoff for Saturday's game is 6 p.m.
Just be aware that traffic could be a little thick around stadium then.
This would be a good time to think about Uber or Lyft to avoid challenges
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