• Liberty Bowl preps for near freezing temperatures during game

    By: Jim Spiewak

    Updated:

    Crews at the Liberty Bowl are hard at work prepping for the national stage. The weather at kickoff of Saturday’s bowl game will be near freezing.  

    57,276 people will watch from inside the Liberty Bowl while millions more will watch on national TV.

    Until then, all eyes are on the frigid temperatures.


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    Thomas Carrier, the GM of the stadium said, “It's going to be a little chilly, but hopefully with some good football and a little excitement everybody will warm up.”  

    Carrier said the most challenging part is getting ready for the colder than normal temps typically seen adding, “This isn't a Tiger home game. This is the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, so we're treating everybody like it's their first time in the stadium.”  

    The Tigers are playing the Iowa State Cyclones.  

    Tigers Defensive Coordinator, Chris Ball, said the cold won’t bother them. “It was cold this morning when we practiced and our kids. They were fine. We’re fine. We’ll be okay. We’ll be just fine,” Ball said.  

    For any cold that might bother a fan, space heaters will be set up throughout the concourse. Fans will be allowed to bring in blankets and sleeping bags.  

    “The big thing is that all those items will need to be checked at entry - reminding everybody for the clear bag policy on Saturday,” Carrier said.  

    Kickoff is at 11:30 in the morning. Parking gates open at 6:00 a.m., and the stadium gates open at 9:30 a.m.  

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