MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – In just four days, the Memphis Tigers will play in the AAC championship game at the Liberty Bowl.
Monday, tickets sales were so swift the university added extra phone lines and staff to handle the demand.
Memphis Tigers fans also flocked to the Tiger Bookstore. Many came to pick up this week’s $5 t-shirts.
“I like the design,” said fan Mark Williams.
“Go in my closet and there is blue everywhere,” said fan Sarah Abdelfattah.
At the athletic office Tuesday, it was a little calmer than the day before.
“Yesterday, when our ticket office opened, we got crushed. We had hundreds and hundreds of calls coming in at the same time,” said Deputy Athletic Director Jeff Crane.
Crane says Monday more than 10,000 tickets sold.
“Our system was maxed out at several points in the day and folks had to wait in a virtual waiting room to wait their turn to buy tickets online because we had so much demand,” said Crane.
Crane said extra staff has been brought in to handle the demand, then added, “We should be up over 30,000 tickets sold before the end of the day today… Many folks… our phone lines are still open and lots of phone orders coming in and online orders coming in as well.”