Bowling in Memphis: AutoZone Liberty Bowl returns in New Years Eve time slot

Bowling in Memphis: AutoZone Liberty Bowl returns in New Years Eve time slot
The 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl is set to kickoff December 31 at 3 p.m. (MPD)

Memphis, Tenn. — The AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be played this season, once again, in prime time slot on New Years Eve, according to a press release sent out by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CST on December 31 and the SEC vs. Big 12 matchup is set to air on ESPN.

There’s no word yet on exactly how many tickets will be sold this year. But, the Liberty Bowl Stadium recently began allowing 10,000 fans at Memphis Tigers games.

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Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Steve Ehrhart is excited for the return to see Memphis' bowl game continue to get national exposure.

“December 31st at 3 p.m. is a great date and time for fans around the world to tune in and watch the game on ESPN,” Ehrhart said. “The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is proud to conduct our game in this much coveted television window as part of ESPN’s bowl game lineup. The December 31st date provides the AutoZone Liberty Bowl a terrific opportunity to showcase two outstanding universities from the SEC and Big 12, the Memphis community and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We look forward to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl serving as a rallying point for the Memphis community.”

This marks the 62nd year that players will take to the field for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the third consecutive year Memphis' showcase college contest will take place on New Year’s Eve.

Of course, COVID-19 health guidelines will be in place at the game. So, be sure to check out the do’s and don’ts.

For tickets to the game, call (901)-795-7700 or go to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s website.