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The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic
Everything You Need to Know About Memphis' Bowl Game
OVERVIEW
The landscape of the college football postseason will see big changes in 2014 with the arrival of the new College Football Playoff. There will also be new wrinkles to the bowl selection process, especially for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The SEC and Big 12 Conference, two of the most successful and nationally recognizable conferences in the country, are slated to play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for the next six seasons (2014-2019). Together with these two outstanding conferences and their member institutions, we look forward to adding several exciting new chapters to the rich history of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
 
Since 2004, Memphis-based AutoZone (NYSE: AZO) has served as the title sponsor of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. In 2014, AutoZone extended its title sponsorship agreement with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for six additional years. The extended agreement will begin with the 2014 college football season and continue through the 2019 season. AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive parts and accessories in the United States.
 
In 2014, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will again support St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. This is a partnership that brings together a college-football tradition and an internationally recognized biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic diseases in children. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic will increase awareness of the lifesaving work performed at St. Jude Hospital for cancer-stricken children by providing international exposure. Each year, players and coaches from both teams visit St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital to help spread holiday cheer and give encouragement to St. Jude patients.
 
HISTORY OF THE BOWL
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic is the seventh oldest college bowl game and is one of the most tradition-rich and patriotic bowl games in America. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl was founded in Philadelphia in 1959 and the inaugural game featured a match-up between Penn State and Alabama. That game began a tradition of great stars, exciting football, and was the first of 55 thrilling chapters in the history of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl has enjoyed many highlights through the years. The Bowl has hosted all-time great coaches such as Paul “Bear” Bryant, Lou Holtz, Tom Osborne, and Steve Spurrier. The Bowl’s history also includes four Heisman Trophy winners (Ernie Davis, Terry Baker, Doug Flutie and Bo Jackson) and other stars such as Archie Manning and Donovan McNabb. READ MORE
 
 
2014 GAME
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The 56th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be held on December 29, 2014 at 1pm (CT) and will be nationally televised by ESPN.  Great seats available, starting at $55 for Endzone, $70 for Corner, $85 for Sideline and $95 for Box Seats. 
 
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THE BELL BEHIND THE BOWL

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The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Trophy produced by Schulmerich is an authentic, one-quarter-sized replica of the bell that rang in Independence Hall to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It has the same nicked edges, foundry marks, misspelled inscription and even the famous frack - all crafted o maintain the integrity of the Bell in every detail. Cast in traditional black bronze, the Bell measures12 inches in diameter and 11-1/2 inches height with crown. It is bolted to a handmade wooden yoke and wings on legs cast with filigree design that appears on the original mounting. 

 

 

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LOCATION
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is held at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, TN
 

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Opened: 1965 Capacity: 60,121 Surface: Astroturf

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Top 5 Largest Crowds in AutoZone Liberty Bowl History
1) 63,816 - Mississippi State vs. UCF - 12/29/2007
2) 62,742 - Arkansas vs. East Carolina - 1/02/0210
3) 61,497 - Air Force vs. Mississippi State - 12/29/1991
4) 60,128 - Ole Miss vs. Air Force - 12/28/1989
5) 58,968 - Louisville vs. BYU - 12/31/2001

 

MEMPHIS, TN

County: Shelby Metro Population: 1,316,100 (2012) Founded: May 22, 1819

Memphis Mayor: A C Wharton, Jr. Shelby County Mayor: Mark Luttrell

 

Notable Memphis Attractions:

Beale Street, Brooks Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of Memphis, Dixon Gallery and Garden, Graceland, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Zoo, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A Affiliate), Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum, Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium, Sun Studio, The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis Botanic Gardens, Memphis Riverboats, Lichterman Nature Center 

 

Notable Memphians:

Kathy Bates (actress), Paul Finebaum (Sports Radio Personality), Aretha Franklin (singer), Morgan Freeman (actor), Al Green (musician), Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway (professional basketball player), Isaac Hayes (Academy Award-winning musician), B.B. King (musician), Jerry Lawler (professional wrestler), Jerry Lee Lewis (musician), Tim McCarver (professional baseball player/ broadcaster), Michael Oher (NFL player, Tennessee Titans), Elvis Presley (iconic musician and actor), Cybill Shepherd (actress), Fred Smith (founder and chairman of FedEx), Danny Thomas (entertainer/ founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital), Fred D. Thompson (actor and former U.S. Senator), Justin Timberlake (musician/ actor), Kemmons Wilson (businessman, founder of Holiday Inn)

 
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56th AutoZone Liberty Bowl

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DECEMBER 29, 2014 - 1:00 PM CST
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