Blue-Gray Game Set to Be Community Event
April 1, 2014
Set to be played under the lights of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Friday, April 11, the University of Memphis’ annual Blue-Gray Spring Football Game will be a community event which will go beyond providing fans just an opportunity to see the Tigers close out spring practice with a final intra-squad scrimmage.
This year’s spring game will be the first under third-year head coach Justin Fuente in which the Tigers are drafted onto two different teams that will square off in a more game-like setting than previously played. In addition to watching the Tigers play, there is a wide-range of activities scheduled around the game.
Parking and admission to the game is free. Admission into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will be through Gate 3.
Ahead of the game, which will kickoff at 7 p.m., the Tiger Lane Block Party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with appearances by TOM III, Pouncer and the Memphis Spirit Squads. Fans will be able to check out the latest Tiger gear at a merchandise booth, purchase season tickets and arrange a tour of the stadium’s suites which there is a limited number available for the 2014 season.
The team will hold its traditional Tiger Walk to the stadium at 6 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 will have an opportunity to take the field with the Tigers prior to the spring game. Parents are asked to bring their kids, ages 6-12, to the top of the South Tunnel at 6:30 p.m. to participate in the spring game spirit tunnel.
Following the game, there will be an autograph session and photo opportunity for fans with the team on the field.
This year marks the first time the spring game has been held in conjunction with the University of Memphis Relay for Life event which will take place on Tiger Lane from 4 p.m. April 11 to 4 the following morning. The relay will move into the Liberty Bowl during the game with one representative from each relay team walking inside the stadium during the game.
The Highland Hundred, Memphis Football’s official booster club, will sponsor its first Blue-Gray Spring Game barbeque contest. The barbeque cookoff as well as tailgating at the Liberty Bowl will begin at 12 noon.
The barbeque contest will not be an ordinary one. Cooks will have a chance to show off their skills and vie for awards and then the Highland Hundred will feed the team following the game. Anyone interested in entering a team in the contest can contact Chris Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (901) 834-1845 or go online to www.highlandhundred.org.
Fans interested in the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium suites can set up a tour in advance by contacting Stephen Green at email@example.com or call (901) 678-3306.
Season ticket holders who renew onsite prior to the game will receive exclusive field access in the north end zone during the game while new season ticket purchasers who buy packages of $500 or more will received a football signed by Memphis head coach Justin Fuente while supplies last.
Memphis will open the 2014 football season at the Liberty Bowl on Aug. 30 taking on Austin Peay. The Tigers’ 12-game schedule also includes home games against Middle Tennessee (Sept. 20), Houston (Oct. 11), Tulsa (Oct. 31), USF (Nov. 22) and UConn (Nov. 29).