FanFest Gives Tigers Fans Prep for Season Opener

Aug 31, 2013

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Excitement level high among Tiger Nation in anticipation of new season

Ashley Mitchell
Athletics Communications Student Assistant

Out with the old and in with the new. The Tiger family reunited Saturday yet again for another football season in Memphis with 2013 FanFest.

Saturday while everyone else kicked off with their first games of the season, the Tigers were getting major support and high hopes from their biggest fans in the heat at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. From brand new fans that are just experiencing the Tigers to the most loyal fans since Crump Stadium, the Tigers have some high hopes for football this season.

"Justin Fuente is exactly what we have been looking for," said Holmer Hazelip of Memphis. Hazelip has been a member of the Highland Hundred since the Tigers played at Crump Stadium in 1964.

He was joined by fellow fans like Mike and Janet Donnell, who were also celebrating Saturday with fellow members of the Support Memphis Football group. The Donnell's, like many Tiger fans, said they are excited to begin yet another season with the Tigers, coach Justin Fuente, and the new players.

Similar to the Donnell's hopes for the season on the field, Randy McKnight of Memphis has seen great improvements off the field as well.

"Tiger Lane is a great asset to the city, and we, as fans, appreciate what the city has done; the improvements have been noticeable," McKnight said.

McKnight and other Highland Hundred fans are excited to see more improvements on and off the field this season.

The running trend for most fans seemed to be excitement, high hopes, and wholehearted support for the Tigers through the good and bad. Highland Hundred members, season ticket holders, and devoted fans are excited and eager to see this new 2013 season will bring for the team, the University, and the community as a whole. As for the season opener against Duke, it seems that everyone is expecting a win.

Memphis hosts Duke on Saturday, September 7, at 3:30 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Season and single game tickets are on sale at or by calling 888-867-UofM.

Tigers Mock Up Overtime Win at Fan Fest

Cecil Franklin
Athletics Communications Student Assistant

Memphis, TN - With the start of the 2013-14 college football starting this Labor Day weekend, the Tiger football team continued to prep for its home opener next Saturday, Sept. 7, against Duke by hosting Fanfest at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. On a day filled with fan excitement for the upcoming season, Tom III even celebrated his 5th birthday while the Tigers showed the fans what they have been working on all preseason.

Fans opened the day tailgating on Tiger Lane, just as they would any other given Saturday during football season. There were inflatables, face painters and live music, but it was football that the fans were ready to talk about.

Randy McKnight, a season ticket holder since 1995 and a member of the Highland Hundred, said, "I expect improvement from the Tigers and nothing less. A 6-6 finish will do."

Both teams took the field at noon as it seemed as if the sun was at its hottest. The teams ran everything from planned fumbles to onside kicks. The game ended with a game winning field goal by the blue team to secure the win with a score of 22-19. A lot was accomplished my both teams as the Mock Game ended.

"Making it good for our young guys was very important", said head coach Justin Fuente. " They can go home tonight and think about what they need to do within the next week to be the best that they can."

The Tigers begin the season vs. the Duke Blue Devils Saturday, September 7th at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Game time is set for 3:30 pm (CST). Tickets can be purchased by calling 901-678-2331 or can be purchased online at



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