The 61st AutoZone Liberty Bowl is officially on the calendar for the 2019-2020 football season, and this year it falls on New Year’s Eve. This will be the 16th time the event will fall on New Year’s Eve, more than it has fallen on any other date. This year will also mark back-to-back NYE exhibitions.
Tiger Lane will no doubt fill up for camaraderie for the 2:45pm kickoff, which will air on ESPN. The catch is we won’t know the match-up for a while. Typically the marquee pulls teams from the SEC and the Big XII conferences, but the American Conference serves as an alternate. This led to the Memphis Tigers playing in it with home field advantage in 2017. We just won’t focus on how it ended.
While the Liberty Bowl started in Philadelphia in 1959, the game has been held in Memphis since 1965. Briefly–just during the 1964 season–the game was played in Atlantic City where it was the first bowl game to be played indoors.
Each year, the game attracts 50,000 attendees or more. This leads to and economic impact of anywhere from $25 million to $30 million annually.
Last year the Oklahoma State Cowboys faced off against the Missouri Tigers for the occasion. The Cowboys ended up winning the game 38-33.
Anyone looking to go ahead and purchase tickets for the game can do so by visiting AutoZoneLibertyBowl.org.
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