A Fan's Guide to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Bowl season is officially upon us. This year the Texas A&M Aggies take on the West Virginia Mountaineers on Monday, December 29 at 1 p.m. (CST) in the 56th AutoZone Liberty Bowl. This will be second trip to the Liberty Bowl for both teams.
The game is one of the most tradition-rich games in all of college football. Founded in 1959, the Liberty Bowl has seen the likes of Bear Bryant, Lou Holtz, Bo Jackson, Archie Manning, Steve Spurrier and Doug Flutie.
Visiting Memphis for the game? Whether it’s your first time in town or you’re a seasoned pro, we’ve got all the info you need to cheer on your team in our city.
Game day info
The 56th AutoZone Liberty Bowl kickoffs at 1 p.m. on December 29. Individual tickets, tailgating packages and bundled ticket packages are available for purchase online or by calling 901-795-7700. Stay glued to your seat at halftime, country music duo, Big & Rich will perform.
If you plan to tailgate, make sure and reserve your space at Tiger Lane. The tailgating area is just out front of the stadium and is accessible from East Parkway South. Tailgates can begin setting up at 8 a.m. on the day prior to game day. Guests visiting Tiger Lane tailgaters need to park in general parking areas, and enter Tiger Lane on foot. For more tailgating details, please see the official AutoZone Liberty Bowl website.
General parking on stadium property is first-come, first-served and cash only. Automobiles are $20. Game day general event parking can be accessed via Access 7 (Central and Early Maxwell), Access 11 (Southern Ave. and Early Maxwell), and Access 10 (off East Parkway South). Parking lots open up for General Parking at 8:00 a.m. on each game day. See this parking map for additional details and information.
Events leading up to the game
- Welcome Party ($25) for both teams on Friday, December 26 at 5 p.m.
- Get up close to both players and coaches at the Players & Coaches Dinner ($40) on Saturday, December 27 at 5 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis Hotel.
- A free and exciting pep rally for both teams will be held on Beale Street on Sunday, December 28 at 5 p.m.
- Pre-game buffet with live music, performances by both university bands and famous Memphis barbecue ($40) just before kickoff on Monday, December 29 at 10 a.m.
For more events and to purchase tickets, see this list of pre-game Liberty Bowl events.
Where to stay in Memphis
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium is located in Midtown Memphis, smack dab between the history and hootenanny of Downtown Memphis and the gardens and museums of East Memphis.
Memphis has hotel options for every budget, personality and preference. Let us give you some ideas.
Downtown Memphis Hotels
Check for reservations at the DoubleTree (just across the street from AutoZone Park baseball field), the Westin Beale Street, the famous Peabody Memphis, upscale Madison Hotel or the Sheraton Memphis Downtown.
Downtown Memphis hotels are within a short walk or trolley ride to Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum and may other things to do and see. Downtown is approximately 15 minutues to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
East Memphis Hotels
Book a room at the Hilton Memphis, the roomy Marriott Memphis East, any number of Hampton Inn locations or the Four Points by Sheraton.
East Memphis has easy access to the I-240 interstate, museums such as the Children’s Museum of Memphis and Pink Palace Museum, shopping at Saddle Creek or Laurelwood Shopping Center and great restaurants like Hog & Hominy or Folk’s Folly. East Memphis is approximately 15-20 minutes from Downtown.
For a complete list of preferred Liberty Bowl hotel partners, please see their website or check the map at the bottom of this page.
Things to do in Memphis
Less than 5 minutes from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium is the award-winning Memphis Zoo, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, local breweries and the Overton Square Entertainment District.
You may know that Memphis has a rich music history. If this is your first visit to the Bluff City, you’d be remiss not to tour Graceland, see Sun Studio or Stax Museum of American Soul Music and take a trip down Beale Street.
Places to eat
Memphis is full of great restaurants and culinary delights. We’re known for our staples - delicious barbecue and soul food, but our palate is vast.
Central BBQ is a stone throw away from Liberty Bowl Stadium and the Bar-B-Q Shop on the other side of Midtown are local favorites. If you’re staying Downtown, you can’t go wrong with the Rendezvous or Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. If you're staying in East Memphis, give Corky's B-B-Q or the Germantown Commissary a try.
You may have heard of Kelly English of Restaurant Iris and Second Line or even Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman of Hog & Hominy. Their cooking has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation and by Food & Wine. If you can score a table at one of these spots, better grab it while you can! A cupcake from Muddy’s is a perfect sweet for dessert.
Beer fans will want to try local beer at the Wiseacre, High Cotton and Memphis Made tap rooms. You can also find these suds across town and at restaurants in the Cooper Young neighborhood.
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