AutoZone Liberty Bowl Announces 2011 Game Date
April 14, 2011
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl has secured a coveted New Year's Eve weekend date for the 2011 bowl game. The 53rd AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be played Saturday afternoon, December 31 at 2:30 p.m. CST. The game will be televised on ESPN and broadcast by ESPN Radio.
"We're thrilled to be able to showcase two great teams, the city of Memphis and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on December 31st," said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. "The Saturday date will make it convenient for fans to make the trip to Memphis for an exciting New Year's weekend and a great bowl experience."
This will be the fourth time since 2005 the AutoZone Liberty Bowl has been played on Saturday. The Saturday game day has proven to be a fan favorite. In the three previous Saturday games since 2005, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl has attracted an average attendance of more than 60,000. In 2007, an all-time record crowd of 63,816 watched Mississippi State take on Central Florida on a brilliant Saturday afternoon.
Over each of the past seven years, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl has been one of the most compelling games of the bowl season, with the outcome coming down to the final possession. The average margin of victory has been less than a touchdown. Due to those thrilling finishes, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl has been one of ESPN's top rated bowls.
Last year, Conference USA Champion UCF defeated Georgia, 10-6.
Tickets to the 53rd AutoZone Liberty Bowl are on sale now. For game and event ticket information, call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at (901) 795-7700 or visit www.AutoZoneLibertyBowl.org.