Critical Memphis Tigers football game Friday struggling to fill up Liberty Bowl, despite huge stakes for program

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Friday afternoon’s Memphis football game is among the most important games in program history.  But the top-20 clash against Cincinnati is far from a sellout.

Athletic leaders at the U of M, now putting on a late minute push to boost sales for the Black Friday game, which you can watch right here on Local 24.

Ticket demand for Friday’s game at the nearly 60,000 seat Liberty Bowl remains slow, despite Memphis football playing for the AAC West division, hosting the AAC championship and a shot at the Cotton Bowl.

In several tweets put out in recent days, Memphis athletic leaders shared their hope for a sellout against Cincinnati on Black Friday, similar to the Saturday night primetime game earlier this month against SMU.

The sales of that game were assisted by a strong response to a 901 flash sale, where tickets were sold at $9.01.

At this point, there is not a similar deal for the Cincinnati game.

On the Memphis athletic ticket website, five Liberty Bowl sections behind one end zone aren’t being sold – and nearly every other section has ‘medium’ availability.

Monday night, on his weekly radio show, Memphis head coach Mike Norvell urged Tigers fans to turn out the day after Thanksgiving.

A Tigers win will clinch Memphis’ third straight AAC West division title and mean the Tigers will host the AAC championship game the Saturday after next.

“We have a great group of young men who have poured everything they’ve had into this year, this opportunity,” Coach Norvell said. “We need a great home field advantage, there is no secret about that. You know this is a championship game we are playing. You’ve got two top 20 teams in the country that are going to square off and it’s pretty simple, we win, we get to do it one more time the following week in the championship game.”

A win Friday would also secure the Memphis Tigers’ first 11-win season in program history and its second victory against a Top-20 opponent at home this season.

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